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.
No18 FRANCE: MICRO-NATION
Why one historic valley district has its own customs agents and passport stamps.
No81 India: Nose Plugs
In the eastern highlands, grandmothers wear tribal affiliation on their faces.
No6 United States: ARCTIC SHACKS
The improvised, weather-resistant hunting cabins of Alaska's native Iñupiats.
No87 Japan: Sanno Fest
In Otsu, a 1,200-year-old celebration honors lusty mountain gods every spring.