Traditions and world heritage

China's underground churches
China’s underground churches
Experts estimate that China could become the biggest Christian country in the world over the next few years. However, most practitioners reject the country’s state-sanctioned churches, which they accuse of serving the Communist Party of China’s interests and [...]Read the full article
In memory of witches
In memory of witches
The village of Vardø, in the Norwegian Arctic, with a population of little more than 200 at the time, saw as many as 70 witchcraft trials between 1601 and 1663. Steilneset, the striking memorial for those executed, is a global reference for historians and activists calling for a respectful and [...]Read the full article
The Matagi, winter hunters
The Matagi, winter hunters
For the Matagi, the Japanese black bear and the mountains are sacred. Their immense knowledge of the environment makes them fundamental to the conservation of local ecosystems. Although it may seem contradictory, they argue that they play a vital role in maintaining a healthy balance between [...]Read the full article