Chiang Mai, Umbrellas , Crafts

Chiang Mai’s Three Traditional Handicrafts

Thailand's northern city of Thailand was once the center of knowledge, architecture and commerce. Traders and travellers alike brought with them handicrafts like silverware, parasols and woodcarvings, all of which are still made today.

Spiritual Skin

For centuries, indigenous tattooists working across Asia have marked human skin with powerful designs and symbols in their quest to signal ethnic identity and render the body sacred. Carried through life and onwards into death, these marks of humanity testify to an ancestral legacy that is in danger of gradually fading away.

Tribal Wedding Customs Across Asia

Text by Simon Koh, Joan Koh, Selina Tan    Illustration by Richard Cagomoc Mention weddings and what comes to mind is the father of the...
Akha, Traditional Costume, Hill Tribes, Thailand

Thailand’s Hill Tribes See Their Last Days

As elders pass on and youth surrender to the tide of modernisation, the once-proud villages who lived off the land are surrendering their diligently preserved traditions for basic food and healthcare

Back From The Dead

Eternal rest is a lifelong task for the indigenous people of South Sulawesi, who reunite to serve their dead relatives once every few years

Gawai Dayak

For the Dayak tribes, the harvest festival is a time to give thanks, get rid of bad luck and mingle over traditional feasts.

“Bura na mano, Holi hai,” or, “Do not mind, it’s Holi!”

Holi is one of the major festivals of India and is celebrated on different dates every year. This Indian festival is observed at the...

The Road to Independence: Malaya’s Battle Against Communism [1948-1960]

by Asian Geographic Editorial Team The Malayan Emergency Following the establishment of the Federation of Malaya, looming uncertainty befell the Chinese majority, who felt excluded from...

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