August 2012 - Culture
Although Mexico can be quite intolerant of homosexuality, there are also places - like the town of Juchitán - where the world is not divided simply into gay and straight. The local Zapotec people have made room for a third category, which they call “muxes” — men who consider themselves women and live in a socially sanctioned netherworld between the two genders.
Haunted by a merciless and debilitating disease that doctors cannot cure, villagers in this remote enclave in northern Uganda have turned to traditional healers.
Special foods, prohibitions against sex, certain clothes, rest - traditions surrounding post-partum practices have existed universally since Biblical times. What's really surprising is that so many of the practices around the world are so...similar.
Cultural Quick Note: Denmark
Folklore plays a big part in Denmark's culture and heritage. Danish folklore includes lots of references to elves and other non-human characters. The elves, in traditional Danish folklore, were beautiful females living in hills and underneath boulders. On the downside, they were capable of dancing a man to death.