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Health Miracles, Hard Statistics And The Powers Of Prayer

Nothing's wrong with praying for an illness to go away. Just don't count on it...

Gujarat, India
Gujarat, India
Samir Malhotra*

NEW DELHI – It used to be a common scene in Bollywood flicks of a certain era. The hero lies mortally wounded. The doctors are helpless. "Now only prayers, not medicines, will help," one of them explains in Hindi. So the hero's family prays, and he lives.

I was recently looking for a journal to publish our research paper on alternative therapies when I stumbled across this line in another paper: "16 years of a chronic syndrome resolved after proximal intercessory prayer."

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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