Life events

Life events

Pregnancy and birth, childhood, the coming of age, finding a partner, old age, death and an afterlife – these are the ingredients of a typical human existence. But then what is a typical human existence? While the chapter headings may stay the same from culture to culture, the lives themselves are often very very different.


Discover a selection of BBC archive clips that explore stages of life around the world.


Photo from Human Planet
Wodaabe men in Niger perform a dance during Gerewol, a festival of beauty and courtship.