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Theater project aims to ease isolation of Japan’s social recluses

Through an experimental theater project, artists are hoping to offer hikikomori a chance to express themselves and regain self-confidence

Dressing the dead: Indonesian villagers clean corpses in afterlife ritual

In two small towns on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, residents are celebrating a days-long ceremony called the Manene

Ancient Afghan Buddhist city threatened by Chinese copper mine

Fears are rising that a place once considered one of the most prosperous trade hubs on the Silk Road could disappear without oversight

Where have all the ‘Santacruzan’ and ‘Flores de Mayo’ gone?

The Santacruzan now being held as a pageant is an indication of how the Catholic Church has been losing its grip on the faithful

Indonesians celebrate Vesak at world’s largest Buddhist temple

Celebrations included prayers, collecting holy water, and the release of flying lanterns symbolizing the letting go of negativity

Indian sari weavers toil to keep tradition alive

Varanasi's hand-weavers have cultivated a reputation for excellence over centuries, specializing in intricate patterns

Sri Lanka’s most sacred elephant dies aged 68

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa decreed that the animal be declared a "national treasure" and ordered its remains be preserved

‘The bottom line’: Scuba divers help preserve historic Bangkok mansion

The city's breakneck reinvention over recent years has seen gleaming malls and flashy condos fly up, and old structures come down

‘Woven air’: Bangladesh revives elite forgotten fabric

The textile once brought magnificent riches to the lands where it was spun

Valentine’s Day: flowers, chocolates or a good whipping?

From pagan festival to marketing ploy, we look at the rich Valentine's mix

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