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.
No18 FRANCE: MICRO-NATION
Why one historic valley district has its own customs agents and passport stamps.
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.
No6 United States: ARCTIC SHACKS
The improvised, weather-resistant hunting cabins of Alaska's native Iñupiats.
No88 Lesotho: Horsemen
In a tiny highland nation in southern Africa, herders dignify simple lives with striking costume.
No87 Japan: Sanno Fest
In Otsu, a 1,200-year-old celebration honors lusty mountain gods every spring.
No89 United States: Jazz Parades
In New Orleans, historic “Second Line” processions bring the music to the streets.
No92 Hungary: Busos
In a town on the Danube, mobs of shaggy monster-men herald the coming of spring.
No91 Italy: Sheep Routes
Thousands of sheep crowd through the Po Valley on an annual migration between Alps and plain.
No102 Spain: Palm Honey
High-climbing <i>guaraperos</i> tap an iconic tree for sap in La Gomera, Canary Islands.
No99 China: Wrestlers
For more than 7,000 years, aspiring “Invincible Titans” have grappled on the Central Asian steppe.