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Current Situation of Indigenous People in America


In commemoration of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the American continent 510 years ago Amnesty International reports, that indigenous people at this continent are still "second-class citizens in the lands of their ancestors". They have some examples of violations of indigenous people's rights for most of the countries.

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The Cultural Diffusion of Halloween


halloweenIn this german article the german newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung thinks about how the traditional american festival halloween made its way into the german culture within only five years. A nice example, that the inculturation of foreign traditions is not only a thing of vanishing cultures (or are we a vanishing culture?). And as always in such cases, the guardians of the traditional religion are not very happy with this trend. A theologian is cited, that the christian church is already fearing the loss of holidays like Sankt Martin and Sankt Nikolaus. Another article about this "new german holiday" can be found in Die Zeit. Via Netbib


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