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Researchers Find 1,820 Species In Just One Threatened Area of Peruvian Amazon

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‘You can’t argue for the protection of an area without knowing what is there.’

If you lived in a remote part of the Peruvian jungle, under normal circumstances you might have found it a little unnerving to witness 25 Field Museum scientists lugging huge cases of equipment into your backyard, but this time it’s for a very good cause.

This remote part of the world is inhabited by nine indigenous tribes and a lot of unmolested wilderness due to the fact that it’s only accessible by helicopter. Regardless of that, it’s now under threat due to illegal mining and logging, as well as a newly proposed road. The people who live there would obviously prefer that doesn’t happen. That’s where these Field Scientists come in.

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Over the last 17 years the museum’s rapid inventory program, like the one in Peru, has helped governments establish 18 new protected areas in South America totaling 26.5 million acres.

“You can’t argue for the protection of an area without knowing what is there,” says Corine Vriesendorp, Director of The Field Museum’s rapid inventory program.

An Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) © Tayra (Eira barbara)/The Field Museum

The field team scientists spent more than 17 days using drones and hidden cameras to conduct a quick inventory of whatever flora and fauna they could find in the area. They set up 14 camera traps and used a drone for birds-eye footage of the rainforest.

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“No scientists have ever explored this area, let alone document it with cameras and drones,” notes Jon Markel, The Field Museum’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist. “These images are the first time this remote wilderness and the species that call it home are being recorded for science.”

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The biodiversity they documented is absolutely incredible! They recorded 1,820 plant, fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal species, including 19 previously unknown species. The cameras revealed ocelots, giant armadillos, currassows, giant anteaters, tapirs, peccaries, and pacas among many other creatures.

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“We discovered an intact forest inhabited by indigenous people for centuries and teeming with wildlife,” says Vriesendorp. “We want it to survive and thrive long after our cameras are gone.”

You can see more of the animal “selfies” and drone footage at The Field Museum’s Facebook page.

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Morse Code Messages Have Been Discovered in the Dunes of Mars

You’ve probably heard about Morse code, the secret way to communicate using dots and dashes. It’s always being used in spy and action flicks by one person to relay a message that they don’t want to be readily obvious. Sometimes it’s used because that’s the only way they can communicate at the time.

It turns out that NASA has discovered a series of Morse code-like dunes that consist of dots and dashes on Mars. While scientists have noticed patterns similar to these in the dunes before, this dune field is unique in that it sits just south of Mars’ north pole, creating a much clearer image than ever seen before.

If you were hoping that aliens had a part in this, you’re going to be disappointed. These dunes formed simply because of natural causes, specifically, the wind. Continue reading

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This Man Rescued 1,000 Dogs From Being Killed at the Yulin Meat Festival

Sometimes the customs and norms of a particular culture can be appalling to others who do not share the same beliefs or views. What might seem right in one culture is often taboo or frowned upon in others.

So, it might shock you to hear that over in China there is a week-long event every year dedicated to eating dog meat. Known as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, the event flies in the faces of every person who has ever loved or cherished a canine companion.

It is estimated that every year about 10 to 20 million dogs will be killed for their meat. Many are sharing articles similar to this one to promote awareness of the subject, some are even infiltrating the festival so they can save dogs before they are butchered. Continue reading

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Indigenous Leaders Share The Prophecy Of The Condor And The Eagle

Chief Phil Lane Jr. and other Indigenous leaders explain to us the meaning of the Condor and Eagle prophecy, and the anticipated reunion of the two entities.

The Eagle and the Condor is an ancient prophecy that speaks volumes about where we came from, where we are now, and where we’re going. Essentially, all of human society splits into two paths- the path of the Eagle, and that of the Condor. The Eagle represents the North; masculine energy and focus of the mind. The path of the Condor is represented by the South; feminine energy and the softness of the heart.

According to the prophecy, the 1490s marked a significant event that would ignite a 500 year period of suffering and conflict. During this time, the people of the Eagle would gain enough power and force to almost completely eliminate the people of the Condor.

Look around…you can see this has happened and is continuing to happen today; the past 500 years show example after example of Native peoples being killed and oppressed.

The prophecy continues by saying that the next 500-year period, which began in the 1990s, would be a time of divine connection between the Eagle and the Condor. Or rather, that there would be the potential for these two to fly together and ring in a new age of consciousness for all mankind.

The following video is a clip from the film Shift of the AgesIt features indigenous leaders from North, South, and Central America who talk about the prophecy of the Condor and the Eagle- but they do more than just talk about it. They bring it to life. You can feel the fire of the Eagle, and the gentle caress of the Condor, and you experience the past 500 years in the blink of an eye.

The prophecy is telling us that the time for a shift is now. We have the potential; we know how to make this a better world for everyone. So, let’s do it. I’m ready to fly- are you?

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Mindblowing Photographs Of A Selection Of The Last Remaining Tribes On Earth

In this economically obsessed ‘progressive’ society it becomes a struggle for indigenous tribes to live in their full glory like back in the days. Many tribes have witnessed the rise of the ‘white man’. Portraying their power and dominance to such degree traditions and way of life is on the edge of extinction. Not even to mention the genocidal violence many tribes had to endure.

It took photographer Jimmy Nelson three years filled with adventurous journeys to the most remote places of our world, to document and capture the beautiful masterpieces of the last remaining tribes on earth. The photographs portrayed in this article are only a selection from the full serie which is portrayed his book “Before they pass away“.

Tribes from all over the world have been captured in the most mind blowing photographes. The rawness adds power and the beauty touches your heart. The title of the book explains Nelsons mission. He wanted to portray the tribes before they completely faded into modern civilization and be non-existent. It is an ode to the indigenous people and their tradition and history.

ASARO TRIBE

The Asaro tribes are located in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The are also known as the ‘Mudmen’. They got their name via a legend. This legend states this tribe got defeated an enemy tribe who forced  them to flee to the Asaro river. When they attempted to escape at dusk, the tribe was completely covered in mud.  This made them appear as spirits and caused their enemy to be chased away.

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The Asaro tribe continued to scare other people, by wearing masks and covering themselves with mud. Even when they got in touch with the western civilasation in the mids of the 20th century.

“Individually the people are all very sweet, but as their culture is being threatened they’re forced to stand up for themselves.”
– Jimmy Nelson, 2010

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MAASAI TRIBE

The Maasai tribes are located in Kenya and Tanzania. From a young age the Maasai boys are being groomed to become men and warriors. With all the responsibilities that belong to those roles.

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The role of a warrior is protecting the livestock from human and animal enemies and predators and to keep their families safe.

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“Lions can run faster than us, but we can run farther”

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NENETS TRIBE

The Nenets tribes also known as Samoyeds are located in Seberia.

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They are one of the last reindeer herder tribes. Facing extreme temperatures from minus 50°C in winter to 35°C in summer.

“If you don’t drink warm blood and eat fresh meat, you are doomed to die on the tundra”

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HUAORANI TRIBE

The Huaorani tribes are found in Ecuador and Argentina where they live already for over a thousand years in the Amazonian rainforrests.


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Huaorani means literally human beings or ‘the people’. The outside world was unknown to them the year of 1956,  no contact was made until then.

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VANUATU TRIBE

The Vanuatu tribe is located in the Torba province on the Rah Lava Island.

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Many Vanuatu believe their wealth is obtained throug ceremonies. Those ceremonies contain a lot of dance which is an important part of their culture.

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LADAKHI TRIBE

The Ladakhi tribe are located in the North of India.

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This tribes share their believes with their Tibetan neighbors.
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The status of women from the Ladakhi tribe is extremely high compared to the rest of rural parts of India.

MURSI TRIBE

The Mursi tribe is found in Ethiopia. They mark their body with horse shoe scars. Men receive them on the right arm and women on the left. When a warrior excels he receives an additional scar on his thigh.

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“It’s better to die than live without killing”

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The Mursi tribe is among the last groups in Africa where women wear potlery or wooden discs in their lower lip.

RABARI TRIBE

The Rabari tribes have been roaming the Indian desserts for over a thousand years.

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The woman manage all the hamlets and all money matters, the men on the other hand are on the move with the herds.

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SAMBURU TRIBE

The Samburu tribes are located in Kanya and Tanzania. They are extremely independent and semi nomadic. This way they assure their cattle to have enough food. The Samburu relocate every five to six weeks.

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Samburu men are seen as adolescent until the age of 30, only then they will start to get married. The elder men have the monopoly on women as they are allowed to marry as much as they want. This creates often cases of infidelity.

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MUSTANG TRIBE

The Mustang tribe, even though they politically belong to Nepal, they are one of the last tribes that uphold the Tibetan culture, history and religion as it stands of the verge of disappearing.

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Religion is a big part of the Mustangs lives. Their daily prayers are a guidance throughout their day.

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Most of the Mustangs are still highly convinced the Earth is flat.

MAORI TRIBE

The Maori tribe is situated in New Zealand, they are worldwide known for their war dance called the ‘Haka’ and their impressive Polynesian tattoo arts.

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“My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul”

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The Maori are a polytheist culture, they worship many gods, goddesses and spirits. They also seek guidance and protection from their ancestors in times of need. to help the tribe in times of need.

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GOROKA TRIBE

This indigenous tribe, situated in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, has an immense respect for the wonders of nature. Their culture is simple but very loving with strong family bonds. They live of hunting and gathering and have plenty of good food.

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Their make-up and ornaments is mostly to intimidate their enemies during war-fare.

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“Knowledge is only rumour until it is in the muscle”

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HULI TRIBE

The Huli tribe, also called the Haruli or wigmen, are one of the biggest indigenous tribes of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, numbering approximately 90.000 people. Their wigs are made from their own hair and they are extremely recognizable by their yellow, red and blue painted faces.

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The Huli culture is based on hunting and gathering. Of which the hunting is being done by the man and the gathering by the women. When the men go to war, this is with the intention of gathering more land, pigs and women.

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Men and women live traditionally in separate quarters.

HIMBA TRIBE

The Himba tribe has a estimated population of 50.000 people. They are located in Namibia.

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A Himba man has an average of two wives. The marriages are arranged and the most crucial aspect that are looked for in a wife are her looks, since this tells other about her background and phase of life.

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The rules within the indigenous group are set out by the head man, this is in most occasions the grandfather.

KAZAKH TRIBE

The Kazakh tribe is located in Mongolia and several other parts of northern Asia. They are first foremost known for their eagle hunting. The Kazakhs are descendants of Turkic and medieval Mongol tribes. This nation was one of the most effected nations by the Sovjet, where more than 66% of their population died.

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Many Kazakhs still uphold the pre-Islamic and shamanic beliefs. They worship the sky , their ancestors and the elements. Supernatural forces also play a dominant role in their culture, good and evil spirits and also wood goblins and giants. Of which the Kazakhs protect themselves with talismans and beads.

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Why do so many people ‘get lost’ to find themselves?

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves”. Wise words from famed poet Henry David Thoreau, and these words have inspired thousands to seek out their purpose and meaning in life. But why does ‘getting lost’ seem to be the best way to find our true selves? No one really knows the perfect way, but spiritual traveling seems to be what many Westerners believe works.

Why do we Travel to Find Ourselves

Arguably the most common reason people decide to get as far away from their problems as possible is they feel like they have to go down a certain path even if they aren’t motivated to do so.

This includes things like going to a good college, getting a high paying job, getting married, etc. They think there will be this ‘epiphany’ that will suddenly make them realize what they want to do with their life.

The problem is that this often never comes. We get a feeling of being on autopilot, going through the motions of daily life without purpose. We find it stupid and unsafe to follow our dreams because it’s so far off the path of traditional and societal norms laid out for us. So by taking a bold chance to go on a spiritual journey, we feel like we’ve finally taken control of our lives and broken the monotony.

We feel this insatiable desire to be united with our inner self and find our true wants, so we start out with the idea of finding a linear path to lead to our ‘true self’. The reality is that life is a journey with no distinct end, much like a circle maze. So don’t fear the maze, being lost can be a turning point to finding out what you’re truly interested in. If you’re looking for a starting point, check out these 5 places.

5 Spiritual Travel Locations

1. Source of the Ganges (India)

The holiest river in Hinduism stretches over 2000km long throughout India. Every year, thousands make the pilgrimage to the source near Gangotri, trekking 24km from the city.  A trickle of water at the end is where pilgrims perform darshans (offerings) as they ask for blessings.

2. Camino de Santiago (Spain)

The Tomb of the Apostle St James is so popular that it’s been named Europe’s Premier Cultural Itinerary and a Unesco World Heritage site. The journey there covers 783km along the Atlantic coast, but it’s recommended you cycle or ride a horse for the trip. Some brave souls decide to walk it as is the tradition. The trip takes about one month, so be prepared.

3. Golden Temple (India)

Located on the India-Pakistan border in Amritsar, this shining temple is known as the holiest site in Sikhism. It sits in the middle of the holy Amrit Sarovar pool while pilgrims bathe in the pool and amble clockwise around the marble edges. Visitors are also allowed to join in on prayers inside and around the temple.

4. Mt. Athos (Greece)

Known as the ‘holy mountain’, 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries surround the slopes on Greece’s Chalkidiki Peninsula. There are strict rules, however, as only 100 Orthodox and 10 non-Orthodox pilgrims are allowed in at a time and it’s limited to men over the age of 18. Permits for non-Orthodox followers must be made 6 months in advance. You take a boat to get to the mountain then you can walk between each of the monasteries.

5. 88 Temple Circuit (Japan)

Located on the island of Shikoku, 88 temples are scattered throughout the 1500km trail. They symbolize the 88 evil human passions defined by Buddhism. Traditionally this pilgrimage was walked, but nowadays you can go by bus to complete it within a day. If you’re looking for something a little more modern with the same effect it’s a good start.

Although a spiritual journey may help you find some purpose or meaning, the true answers will always be deep down in you. Too often we try to find meaning outside our body when in reality the answer is inside us. The eye can see everything except for itself, so try looking in a mirror and you just might find what you’ve been missing!

This article was written by The Hearty Soul. The Hearty Soul is a rapidly growing community dedicated to helping you discover your most healthy, balanced, and natural life.

Sources:

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/76631

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/feeling-lost-and-how-it-can-help-you-find-yourself/

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/why-we-struggle-to-find-ourselves-and-how-to-do-it/

http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Yourself

Images:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonmeyou/3204299972/sizes/l

https://pixabay.com/en/norway-mountain-sky-blue-water-772991/

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