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How Leonard Cohen mined sacred texts for lyrics to his songs

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“She tied you to a kitchen chair, she broke your throne and she cut your hair, and from your lips she drew the Hallelujah...” No one hearing these lyrics from the song Hallelujah could doubt that Leonard Cohen knew ho...

Sámi people ask Danish queen to return sacred witchcraft trial drum

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Norway’s indigenous people are asking for a sacred drum confiscated by Denmark after a witchcraft trial in 1691 to be returned to them permanently, and they have asked the Danish queen for help. The drum belonged to a...

UK urged to return sacred treasures hidden away for 150 years to Ethiopia

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They are hidden religious treasures that have been in the British Museum’s stores for more than 150 years, never on public display – with members of the public strictly forbidden from seeing them. Now hopes have been ...

‘Heartbroken’ Osage Nation leaders decry sale of sacred Missouri cave with ancient artwork

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A Missouri cave containing Native American artwork from more than 1,000 years ago was sold at auction Tuesday, disappointing leaders of the Osage Nation who hoped to buy the land to “protect and preserve our most sacr...

Lingui review – sacred bonds of loyalty between mother and daughter

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Mahamat-Saleh Haroun is the Chadian film-maker whose 2002 movie Abouna – my favourite of his – has a claim to classic status. Now he returns with a film that is recognisably a part of African cinema’s quietist walking...

A year on from the Juukan Gorge destruction, Aboriginal sacred sites remain unprotected

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The Western Australian government has refused to commit to a moratorium on approving the destruction of Aboriginal heritage sites, despite the recommendation of a Senate committee which found that the laws are “unfit ...