Professor of Geography at UCLA, polymath Jared Diamond has been visiting the remote tropical island of New Guinea for fifty years. He says that the tribal way of life there, for all its problems, provides unique insights that could serve us modern humans well, and explains why he thinks their attitude to child rearing, old age, diet and danger could teach us a thing or two.
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Writer Prajwal Parajuly comes from Sikkim, a small Indian state high up in the Himalaya mountains, on the border with Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. It’s a part of the world with lots of ethnic diversity and ancient traditions and in his short stories Prajwal explores the ambiguous role traditions play in the lives of women in Nepali-speaking communities.
Originally from the island of Mauritius, Rhodes University anthropologist Rose Boswell has studied women’s traditions at other Indian Ocean islands, especially Zanzibar and Madagascar. She tells us what makes the inhabitants of Zanzibar remain faithful to traditional birthing rituals, while people elsewhere adapt a more Western way of life.