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.
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.
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.
No102 Spain: Palm Honey
High-climbing 'guaraperos' tap an iconic tree for sap in La Gomera, Canary Islands.
No92 Hungary: Busos
In a town on the Danube, mobs of shaggy monster-men herald the coming of spring.
No103 Japan: Fox Dance
To please ancestors, children in Himeshima transform into animals and princesses.
No99 China: Wrestlers
For more than 7,000 years, aspiring “Invincible Titans” have grappled on the Central Asian steppe.