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Kyle Meyer, a 28-year-old photographer from Manhattan, discovered a church in the small African country of Swaziland that harkens back to indigenous ancestral worship mixed with Christianity. One of the tenets of religion that isn’t spoken of often, but used weekly, is the practice of exorcisms.
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Photographers Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni rode with 600 pilgrims and volunteers as they took the “white train” from Reggio Calabria in southern Italy to the French town of Lourdes. Disabled believers make the journey annually in hopes of a miracle.
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Maxime the monk lives on a pillar, a practice that was started in the fifth century by Orthodox monks but has since been abandoned. Photographer Amos Chapple stayed with a group of men learning from Maxime at the base until he earned permission to visit the monk above the clouds.
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Spanish photographer Juan Manuel Castro Prieto has visited Peru 15 times since his first trip in 1990. His most recent project focuses on shamanism, which centers on the belief that nature – also called Pachamama, or Mother Earth – lives in every man.
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To people who have never seen the Ganges River in India, it calls to mind images of thousands of devout Hindus wading into its waters during religious rituals. But photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz wanted to get to know the Ganges as a character and capture the stories it had to tell.
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Photographer Jordi Ruiz Cirera first visited Bolivia in 2011 after hearing about a religious community occupying the province of Santa Cruz. Mennonites, whose families fled Germany around the 16th century, separate themselves from other locals to preserve their ancestral lifestyle.
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Giovani Cocco first visited Kosovo in December 2009. Since that time he says he has been to nearly all of the active Orthodox monasteries in the country, with Decani being the largest and best-known. At one point he stayed with the monks for two months, photographing their daily lives.
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For centuries, artisans have been crafting statues of Hindu deities on the banks of the Hooghly River in Kolkata, India. Italian photographer Albertina d'Urso recently visited the historic Kumartuli district in the West Bengal capital.