The köçek was typically a very handsome young male rakkas, “dancer”, usually cross-dressed in feminine attire, employed as an entertainer.http://adokal.tumblr.com/post/68916638363/the-kocek-was-typically-a-very-handsome-young-male
-Dancers (köçeks) and Musicians Performing at the circumcision ceremony of Selim, Bayezid, and Mehmed in 1530. The miniature is from the book called Süleymanname. The köçeks in this drawing accompany the music with çalpara’s (wooden castanets) in their hands.
-Performing köçek, Illustration from the Hubanname (The Book of the Handsome Ones), 18th century artwork by the Turkish poet Fazyl bin Tahir Enderuni.
-Dancing köçek with a tambourine, late 19th c. CE.
-Ottoman köçek dancer/ “Danseuse Arabe”, 19th c. CE.
Before they pass away - Jimmy Nelson
Ladakh (meaning ‘land of the passes’) is a cold desert in the Northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is divided into the mainly Muslim Kargil district and the primarily Buddhist Leh district. The people of Ladakh have a rich folklore, some of which date back to the pre- Buddhist era.
Fancy a rat kebab?
It's rat hunting season in Vietnam which means skewered vermin are back on the menu at a restaurant in Dan Phuong on the outskirts of the Vietnamese captial Hanoi.
Rat meat has been considered a delicacy for many years in southern areas of the south Asian country, and the taste for it is spreading.
Previously only eaten regularly by the northern Red River delta and southern Mekong River delta people, the taste for rat meat is spreading.
At this time of year, when rice is harvested, farmers in the south turn to rat hunting to capture the small animals for sale in markets
In the southern Mekong delta, hunting is particularly productive during the flood season when rats try to escape from their flooded hearths.
One kilogram of rat meat costs around 100,000 dong, or $4 to $5.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2518121/Vietnam-restaurant-offers-roasted-rat-stick-local-delicacy.html#ixzz2ma3HQNkl
By Jordan G. Teicherhttp://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2013/11/30/olivia_arthur_photographs_saudi_arabian_life_in_her_book_jeddah_diaries.html
In 2009, the British Council invited Olivia Arthur to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to teach a two-week photography workshop for women. She agreed with the hope that she would also have the chance to make some work of her own. Her photos from that time, as well as two subsequent trips, are collected in her book, Jeddah Diary, published by Fishbar. “I wanted to make a series that would open up some of this strange world to people who don't know about it,” Arthur said via email.
But being a photographer in an ultraconservative country with strict rules on what women can and can’t do could be frustrating, Arthur found. Arthur was once berated in the street by a woman whose photo she hadn’t even been taking. And it was even harder for the students in her class. “They wouldn't all be allowed out by their families to go and shoot as they wanted, but most of them managed to overcome this. One girl took her husband along on her shoots after he finished work,” she said. Arthur said the issue of people being generally suspicious about photography in Saudi was also an issue: One woman was banned from the workshop for taking pictures of her female cousin, and another was arrested for taking pictures out in public.