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Faces of the World

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Autodidact photographer Dr Gilad Fiskus has roamed the world to capture these evocative images nurturing his fascination for cultural ceremonies, clothing and rituals.

Masks are an important feature of the annual Carnival of Venice, and costumed artistes are seen at every corner.
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Masks are an important feature of the annual Carnival of Venice, and costumed artistes are seen at every corner.

Women of the Mursi tribe from southern Ethiopia are initiated into womanhood by the ancient tradition of lower lip piercing followed by inserting a plate. This ritual supposedly originated in order to protect them from bride kidnapping.
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Women of the Mursi tribe from southern Ethiopia are initiated into womanhood by the ancient tradition of lower lip piercing followed by inserting a plate. This ritual supposedly originated in order to protect them from bride kidnapping.

Every year tens of thousands of Christian pilgrims come to celebrate Easter in the holy city of Jerusalem. This colourful Ethiopian Orthodox Church is a place of pilgrimage for a multitude of worshippers.
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Every year tens of thousands of Christian pilgrims come to celebrate Easter in the holy city of Jerusalem. This colourful Ethiopian Orthodox Church is a place of pilgrimage for a multitude of worshippers.

Men of the Miao tribe, preparing for an annual celebration in China. The Miao people are one of 55 ethnic minority groups and are mostly concentrated in southern China.
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Men of the Miao tribe, preparing for an annual celebration in China. The Miao people are one of 55 ethnic minority groups and are mostly concentrated in southern China.

The Tuareg people are a nomadic herding tribe principally inhabiting the Sahara. They are identifiable by their traditional deep blue clothing and are sometimes called the
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The Tuareg people are a nomadic herding tribe principally inhabiting the Sahara. They are identifiable by their traditional deep blue clothing and are sometimes called the "blue people" as their skin often stains blue from the indigo dye used on their clothes.

The mesmerising facial tattoos of a woman in Myanmar's Chin state. This was again an ancient tradition intended to protect the women from being abducted.
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The mesmerising facial tattoos of a woman in Myanmar's Chin state. This was again an ancient tradition intended to protect the women from being abducted.

The Golden Eagle Festival in Mongolia celebrates traditional hunting assisted by golden eagles and showcases the skills of the trainers and the eagles.
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The Golden Eagle Festival in Mongolia celebrates traditional hunting assisted by golden eagles and showcases the skills of the trainers and the eagles.

A tish, which means table in Yiddish, is a holy gathering of Hasidim  — extremely orthodox Jews —  around their Rebbe.
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A tish, which means table in Yiddish, is a holy gathering of Hasidim — extremely orthodox Jews — around their Rebbe.

Myanmar is the foremost Buddhist country in the world. Every Burmese boy is expected to serve as a monk at least twice in their lifetime and about one per cent of them go on to embrace  monkhood for life.
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Myanmar is the foremost Buddhist country in the world. Every Burmese boy is expected to serve as a monk at least twice in their lifetime and about one per cent of them go on to embrace monkhood for life.

Myanmar's balancing fishermen have mastered the technique of standing on one leg, while controlling the oar with the other which leaves their hands free to hunt carp fish.
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Myanmar's balancing fishermen have mastered the technique of standing on one leg, while controlling the oar with the other which leaves their hands free to hunt carp fish.

U Bein, near Amarapura in Myanmar was built around 1850. It is the oldest teakwood bridge in the world, and with its 1200 metre-span, was once the longest bridge in the world.
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U Bein, near Amarapura in Myanmar was built around 1850. It is the oldest teakwood bridge in the world, and with its 1200 metre-span, was once the longest bridge in the world.

Published on July 9, 2018
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