Living in a concrete box with hot water pouring from the tap, a refrigerator cooling our food and wi-fi connecting us to the rest of the world, we can barely imagine a day in a life of, say, Tsaatan people. They move 5 to 10 times per year, building huts when the temperature is -40 and herding reindeer for transportation, clothing and food. “Before They Pass Away,” a long-term project by photographer Jimmy Nelson, gives us the unique opportunity to discover more than 30 secluded and slowly vanishing tribes from all over the world.
Spending 2 weeks in each tribe, Jimmy became acquainted with their time-honoured traditions, joined their rituals and captured it all in a very appealing way. His detailed photographs showcase unique jewellery, hairstyles and clothing, not to forget the surroundings and cultural elements most important to each tribe, like horses for Gauchos. According to Nelson, his mission was to assure that the world never forgets how things used to be: “Most importantly, I wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time. A body of work that would be an irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world.”
Fantastic photographic collection by clicking this link:
Here is another faith lifestyle to look at: the Zen Buddhists living in the mountains of China following a 5000 year old tradition. One for the weekend…Stephanie.
American director Edward A. Burger takes us on his unforgettable journey into the hidden lives of China’s forgotten Zen Buddhist hermit tradition. “Amongst White Clouds is a look at the lives of zealot students, gaunt ascetics and wise masters living in isolated hermitages dotting the peaks and valleys of China’s Zhongnan Mountain range.” The Zhongnan Mountains have been home to recluses since the time of the Yellow Emperor, some five thousand years ago. Many of China’s most realized Buddhist masters attained enlightenment in this very range!
The director, Edward A. Burger has a blog (commonfolkfilms) and YouTube channel (edwardaburger) with trailers from his upcoming films. Check out “One Mind” which is a follow-up film to Amongst White Clouds about monastic life in a monastery in Southern China.
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I have just had the most strange experience! My husband and I were out this afternoon at a local beach of ours, Nigg. It is a lovely sunny day and just the sort of day to get out into our beautiful area, down by the sea with a flask of tea, to absorb and enjoy Nature. We had stopped off at a local Abbey to take some photographs, and that done, we were resting, leaning on the old concrete WW2 lookout, gazing out to sea and drinking our tea.
A gentleman approaches, perhaps in his early 60′s and after saying hello, proceeds to ask me if I know of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam? I replied that I have heard of it, but know little if anything about it. Then he said to me…”You…are… the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” and quotes this quatrain before bidding us farewell and going off for his walk along the beach. He had only seen us from behind as he approached, before he spoke to me.
Quatrain XI in 1st edition:
Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse – and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
And so now I am highly confused! And more than a little disconcerted! Suggestions anyone?