UIG Contributor Spotlight: Majority World

UIG contributing partner Majority World’s collection features the work of photographers from Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.  The talented contributing photographers for Majority World provide impactful and stunning images of their local cultures, helping to build a deep archive of important topics from outside North America and Europe. Majority World was formed in […]

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Carnival Season in Italy

From the solemnity of Christmas to the raucousness of New Year’s, revelers of tradition and colorful festivals turn their attention to carnival season.  While the ancient origins of carnival celebrations suggest they were timed as New Year’s festivals, the modern-day carnival evolved to be more closely associated with the beginning of Lent.  The Roman Catholic liturgical calendar […]

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The Color Red

By Francesca Lungarotti The color red’s history is as rich and meaningful as the color itself.  Red was the first color developed for painting and dying.  It symbolized the religious contrast between the blood of Christ and the fires of Hell, and as far back as the Middle Ages, red was associated with love, lust, and anger. […]

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Capturing the Spiritual and Developing World with Godong

The two pillars of Godong’s photographic archive are “God” and “NGO’s”.  The French agency’s comprehensive religious collection features aesthetic and educational photography covering the world’s major faiths as well as religious icons, traditions, events and notable persons.   Godong complements its religious coverage with a focus on the developing world, thanks to its partnerships with several NGO’s. At […]

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Who Are the Uyghurs?

With only a few weeks to go before China hosts the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the world has once again shifted its focus to the plight of the Uyghur people and the human rights abuses many Uyghurs have experienced at the hands of the Chinese government.  There are more than 12 million Uyghurs living in Xinjiang, […]

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November 2 is Dia de los Muertos

Day of the Dead occurs annually on November 2, following Halloween and All Soul’s Day.  The holiday, which was recognized by UNESCO in its Tangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2008, is an important cultural day in Mexico and is also celebrated worldwide by people of Mexican descent. While “Death” is the main theme of the day, […]

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Sumo, the National Sport of Japan

Although Sumo Wrestling is an International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized sport, it has not yet been included in the Olympic games.  The 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics (July 23 to August 8) will not include Sumo as a competitive sport, however, shortly after the Olympic Torch is quenched, Tokyo will host the Grand Sumo tournament from August […]

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The World’s Most Spiritual Places

Search the web for “Spiritual Places” and you’ll find many sites that list a variety of locations worldwide that appeal to and affect our spirit.  These lists include places related to organized religions as well as locations that evoke tranquility and calm, helping the visitor feel connected to the natural world, a higher being, or inspiring […]

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