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Blond Ukrainians For The Good Samaritans

How one of the world's most isolated and ancient religious communities made mating exceptions to be sure it doesn't disappear from the face of the earth.

Samaritans' Passover at Mount Gerizim in Nablus
Samaritans' Passover at Mount Gerizim in Nablus
Laurent Zecchini

The razor sharp 30 centimeter-long blade swiftly and silently slits the throats of the petrified lambs. Blood flows everywhere. Especially at the fatal moment, the pinnacle, perfectly synchronized, quick as lightning after the long Aramaic prayer and its millennium-old choreography.

The men, the “throat cutters” in particular, wear white from head to toe – it represents equality between believers and the purity of the paschal lamb. Their immaculate clothing will soon be stained with blood, this “chrism” is then applied on everyone’s forehead, children included.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

A couple holding hands after marriage

Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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