No68 Italy: Palio Parade
Siena’s medieval-themed processions lay bare the city’s sturdy, tangled roots. Just don’t call them reenactments.
No19 TURKEY: OIL WRESTLING
A tournament that has attracted slippery strongmen since the 14th century.
No21 INDIA: MASKED DANCE
The freakiest-looking festival in the Himalayas comes courtesy of Buddhist monks.
No14 United States: “Little Denmark”
A California town that preserves (and performs) its Danish roots with gusto.
No3 YEMEN: Moto-Taxis
The multi-functional motorcycles of southern Arabia, and the daredevils who ride them.
No1 Ethiopia: Skin-Piercing
In Ethiopia's Omo Valley, resident tribes break the skin in ways that cannot be undone.
No87 Japan: Sanno Fest
In Otsu, a 1,200-year-old celebration honors lusty mountain gods every spring.