Africa, by Paul Theroux Posted in Marginalia, on June 15, 2013 Theroux has spent half a century filing dispatches from the unknown; in the process he’s become a spokesman for the merits of tough, protracted travel in an age of increasingly sanitised tourism. Northern exposure Posted in Cities, on May 11, 2013 JAFFNA, SRI LANKA – Things happen when they happen in Jaffna, a place of grand temples and eerie modern ruins. It has a population of about 90,000 but the character of a country town, albeit one with a battered past. Tales of Ausangate Posted in Culture, on March 30, 2013 ANDES, PERU – The community at Chillca, near the mountain Ausangate, may have set out to put their llamas back to work, but what they’ve created is something far more remarkable. The old cannibal tales Posted in Oceania, on March 30, 2013 The naserah (ceremonial site) of the Amelbati Tribe on Malekula, Vanuatu. The naserah was once used for cannibalism by Amelbati adult males. Mirissa Beach Posted in Asia, on March 19, 2013 A group of Sri Lankan men learn to be lifesavers at Mirissa Beach, on the south coast. Gopuram Posted in Asia, on March 19, 2013 The striking technicolour gopuram of Naga Pooshani Amman Kovil, on the island of Neduntivu, Sri Lanka. The ferry to Neduntivu Posted in Asia, on March 19, 2013 A Tamil devotee brings an offering of flowers to the island of Neduntivu, just off the Jaffna peninsula, where the Naga Pooshani Amman Kovil rises on the shore in a technicolour burst. Sri Lanka. Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Posted in Asia, on March 8, 2013 A Jaffna local cycles past the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil (Temple), dedicated to the sacred deity Murugan, brother of Ganesh. Jaffna train station Posted in Asia, on March 4, 2013 The war-ravaged train station in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Originally an art deco masterpiece, the station was one of the busiest in the country, linking the north with the capital of Colombo via the Yarl Devi service. Civil war inflicted serious damage in the 1980s though, and rail travel past Vavuniya, 140km to the south, has been abandoned since 1990 ... The exorcism Posted in Asia, on February 28, 2013 A sanni yakuma exoricism ritual in Mirissa, Sri Lanka. The dancer is dressed as Maha Sohona, the bear demon of the cemetery.