Category Archives: History

For believers only. If you don’t have a believer pass, you may not read beyond this line. 🙂 The little shits who run this ancient temple (the Naik clan from Madgaon) have gotten it exactly backwards: the believers have little use for this temple, for Narasimha (Vishnu) is everywhere, as the hapless Hiranyakashipu found out. […]

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Slice of Goa’s heritage. The historic Igreja de São Francisco de Assis (Church of St. Francis of Assisi) has a lovely setting on the southern bank of River Chapora in Colvale. The Church of Colvale was founded by Franciscans in 1591 and dedicated to ‘the wounds of St. Francis of Assisi.’ It was rebuilt around […]

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Religious and cultural heritage of Goa. The next installment in my ongoing series features the Vetal from Priol, once a village of great beauty, shade, and quiet. These images, taken in 2007, assume an added sense of value as historic records given the pervasive trend of taking down the old temples on the pretext of […]

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Appropriately named. The historic farm of Mýrar – plural of Mýri, meaning ‘bog’ in Icelandic – lies on the edge of Dýrafjörður in the Westfjords region of Iceland. It is the birthplace of Þórdís, mother of the nation’s independence pioneer Jón Sigurðsson. This area is a major breeding ground for eider ducks.      

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