No63 Spain: La Estrella
In a remote village in Teruel, an elderly couple are the only remaining residents.
No68 Italy: Palio Parade
Siena’s medieval-themed processions lay bare the city’s sturdy, tangled roots. Just don’t call them reenactments.
No21 INDIA: MASKED DANCE
The freakiest-looking festival in the Himalayas comes courtesy of Buddhist monks.
No81 India: Nose Plugs
In the eastern highlands, grandmothers wear tribal affiliation on their faces.
No1 Ethiopia: Skin-Piercing
In Ethiopia's Omo Valley, resident tribes break the skin in ways that cannot be undone.
No88 Lesotho: Horsemen
In a tiny highland nation in southern Africa, herders dignify simple lives with striking costume.
No6 United States: ARCTIC SHACKS
The improvised, weather-resistant hunting cabins of Alaska's native Iñupiats.
No89 United States: Jazz Parades
In New Orleans, historic “Second Line” processions bring the music to the streets.
No99 China: Wrestlers
For more than 7,000 years, aspiring “Invincible Titans” have grappled on the Central Asian steppe.
No87 Japan: Sanno Fest
In Otsu, a 1,200-year-old celebration honors lusty mountain gods every spring.
No107 Denmark: Shepherds
In the Faroe Islands, locals go to great lengths—and heights—to preserve a tradition of “extreme ranching”
No97 Turkey: Circumcision
In Istanbul, boys undergo an ancient surgical procedure—and get the royal treatment.
No103 Japan: Fox Dance
To please ancestors, children in Himeshima transform into animals and princesses.