ANCIENT HISTORY

How a Daoist Movement Emerged Out of Han Dynasty Chaos

As the Han empire crumbled and the Yellow Turban Rebellion sought to overthrow imperial rule, the “Way of the Five Pecks of Rice” quietly planted the roots of a durable Daoist movement

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Chinese Trees and Their Meanings

Symbolism of eight common trees in Chinese culture

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TRAVEL

Yak of All Trades: Tibetan New Year with Herders on the Plateau

A New Year celebration on the plateau showcases modern Tibetan herding culture

SOCIETY

The Extraordinary Life of a Professional Mourner

How a professional mourner has spent 40 years helping families grieve for their deceased loved ones

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

The Last Shamans of the Changbai Mountains

In Jilin province, shamans adapt ancient beliefs to the modern context

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TRAVEL

Dancing for the Dead: Stumbling Across a Tujia Funeral

A chance encounter with the Tujia ethnic group’s funeral practices in south-central China

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Into the Heavens

A growing number of monasteries allow serious students to ascend to spiritual nirvana—even if only temporarily

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Up the Mountains

As millennials tire of city life, the humble hermit makes a comeback

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Dog Gone

Pet funerals are the latest trend in a booming pet industry

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Grim Fairy Tales

Vampires, ghosts, and were-beasts: How foreign demonologists catalogued China’s homegrown horrors

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