No drama, King Obama
In Javanese culture, a ruler must stand chivalrously above strife: cool, intelligent and self-contained. Sound familiar?
It never was golden
‘The good old days’ is a virulent falsehood that infects those whose defences have been weakened by fear and insecurity
Riches beyond belief
If you want to know what money is, don’t ask a banker. Take a leap of faith and start your own currency
Trial by fire
From fire-walking to the ice-bucket challenge, ritual pain and suffering forge intense social bonds
Rituals bind us, in modern societies and prehistoric tribes alike. But can our loyalties stretch to all of humankind?
Magic bowls of antiquity
Ancient Babylonia’s magic bowls offer a glimpse into the society of the Talmud, and today’s shadowy antiquities market
Families made us human
The evolution of human culture can be explained, not by the size of our brains, but by the quality of our relationships
Slaves of history
If you descend from slaves in Senegal, your shame is an open secret and your life limited by stigma and disrespect
My ancestors, myself
Fossil genomics is opening new windows to the past. But the view through them isn't as clear as we like to think
Schooled in nature
There’s a way to teach children without colonising their minds: the lifelong way of the indigenous people of Mexico
The scalp from Sand Creek
Even after museums return human remains pillaged from a massacre in 1864, can repatriation heal the wounds of history?
Figurines, fishers, bugs and bats – how things in the world become sacred objects in a museum
They predicted the Boxing Day tsunami, but can Thailand’s sea gypsies stay afloat on the waves of modernity?