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Ivory Coast twins struggle for a way between superstition and poverty

Abidjan - Cutely clad in matching white robes and skullcaps, five-year-old twins Salim and Mahamadou Cisse step carefully through blocked traffic and pedestrians in Abidjan's teeming Abobo district, holding up a begging bowl.

Sri Lanka to ban animal sacrifices at Hindu temples

Colombo - Animal sacrifices at Hindu temples could be banned in Sri Lanka under new plans announced Wednesday, after growing protests over the rituals from the country's Buddhist majority as well as moderate Hindus.

Plague alert over Madagascar's dance with the dead

Antananarivo - In Madagascar, ceremonies in which families exhume the remains of dead relatives, rewrap them in fresh cloth and dance with the corpses are a sacred ritual.

Stonehenge revellers celebrate summer solstice

Lark Hill - Around 13,000 people gathered at Stonehenge on Wednesday to witness the summer solstice sunrise at Britain's most famous prehistoric monument.

Argentines wrestle demons at 'exorcism school'

Buenos Aires - Manuel Acuna sprinkles holy water and waves his crucifix, then lays his hand on the sweating, shrieking woman before him.This is not a horror movie.

Muslims crowd Mecca ahead of hajj

Mecca - Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world had descended Thursday on Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, undeterred by last year's stampede disaster but with Iranians absent.

Vietnamese furnish ancestors with jets, rollers and mansions

Hanoi - With an average annual income of around $2,000 most Vietnamese would not consider themselves especially wealthy. But in the afterlife you can be a billionaire thanks to paper offerings made by your scions.

Hajj pilgrims to get e-bracelets for safety: Media

Riyadh - Muslim pilgrims joining this year's hajj in Saudi Arabia will have to wear an electronic safety bracelet, newspapers reported Friday, after more than 2,000 died in a stampede last year.

Filipinos whipped and nailed to crosses in crucifixion ritual

San Fernando - Penitent Filipinos marched through villages, while being beaten with sticks and ropes, in a re-enactment of Jesus Christ’s suffering held yearly on Good Friday. The religious event culminates with a crucifixion ritual that the Catholic church rejects.

Deadly Brooklyn, NY fire sparked by candlelit sex ceremony

New York - A furious fire, torched by candles surrounding a voodoo sex ceremony in Brooklyn has left one woman dead, others injured and many homeless.

Snail mucus ingested at religious ritual sickens devotees

Devotees in Miami, Florida, who follow the preaching of what a man claims to be an African religion, became ill enough to call paramedics after ingesting snail mucus.

S. African Judge Compares Zulu Bull-Killing to Holy Communion

To tell the Zulu people not to slaughter a bull at the weekend’s first fruits festival would be tantamount to telling Catholics not to take communion, a South African judge has told animal rights activists.

Mother and grandmother arrested, child burnt in Voodoo ritual

A mother and grandmother have been charged for allegedly carrying out a voodoo ritual on a young girl in New York City. The child was burned in the ritual and denied medical care for a day.

Laguna Niguel Council Votes to Eclipse Mooning Ritual

The yearly ritual of mooning Amtrak trains as they whip through Laguna Niguel began 30 years ago when a patron of a bar on the right side of the tracks offered to buy drinks for anyone who would moon the next train to come along.

Ancient Peruvians Used Head-Squishing to Scare Neighbors

If you were a neighbor of the ancient Peruvians, you better make sure you were the strong neighbor otherwise you may find your head being squished.

Children's Foreheads Slashed For God And Juice

In Lebanon, a ritual involving the slashing of the foreheads of men and unwilling children is still in practice despite the ritual's ban.

Hindu holy men says Ganges too dirty for ritual bath

Ganges gone from blueish green to dark red

Ricky Bobby's Dinner Time Ritual

"Dear Tiny infant Jesus...." I love this movie--the kids are probably the funniest
 

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