A remote Indian island, its fiercely isolationist inhabitants, and the death of an American missionary

A remote Indian island, its fiercely isolationist inhabitants, and the death of an American missionary – Los Angeles Times

It’s not the nicest thing to speak ill of the dead but seriously… What a fucking asswipe douchebag this guy was!

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Oldest known cave painting of animal found in Borneo, Indonesia, bolstering new theory on human ancestors

The sketch is at least 40,000 years old, slightly older than similar animal paintings found in famous caves in France and Spain. Until a few years ago, experts believed Europe was where our ancestors started drawing animals and other figures.

But the age of the drawing reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, along with previous discoveries in Southeast Asia, suggest that figurative drawing appeared in both continents about the same time.

…After large animal drawings and stencils, “It seems the focus shifted to showing the human world,” Aubert said.

Around 14,000 years ago, the cave-dwellers began to regularly sketch human figures doing things like dancing and hunting, often wearing large headdresses. A similar transition in rock art subjects happened in the caves of Europe.

…Whether new waves of people migrating from Africa brought the skills of figurative cave painting with them, or whether these arts emerged later, remains unclear. Scientists have only a partial record of global rock art. The earliest cave etchings have been found in Africa and include abstract designs, like crosshatches, dating to around 73,000 years ago.

Oldest known cave painting of animal found in Borneo, Indonesia, bolstering new theory on human ancestors – CBS News

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Sabarimala: Mobs attack women near India Hindu temple

Crowds of agitated protesters in Kerala attacked female devotees, many of whom turned back as a result.

Several people including an old woman were injured as crowds threw stones at vehicles and attacked police officers.

…But while most Hindu temples allow women to enter as long as they are not menstruating, the Sabarimala temple was unusual in that it was one of the few that do not allow women in a broad age group to enter at all.

This was overturned by the Supreme Court last month, with judges observing that “the right to practice religion is available to both men and women”.

Sabarimala: Mobs attack women near India Hindu temple – BBC News

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Women Are Not ‘Chattel,’ Says India’s Supreme Court In Striking Down Adultery Law

India’s Supreme Court has struck down a colonial-era law that made adultery illegal, calling it arbitrary and saying it is unconstitutional because it “treats a husband as the master.”

…Noting that the law is singular in the penal code for treating men and women differently, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, “The adultery law is arbitrary, and it offends the dignity of a woman.”

He said adultery is grounds for divorce, but not jail time.

…Earlier this month, the court struck down a long-standing ban on gay sex. Last year, the justices outlawed the summary “triple talaq” divorce for Muslim men, and in a country with more child brides than anywhere in the world, the high court ruled that sex with an underage wife constitutes rape.

…The ruling to decriminalize adultery had been strongly opposed by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose center-right coalition is led by the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP. Modi advocated amending the law to make it gender-neutral, while maintaining adultery as a criminal offense.

Women Are Not ‘Chattel,’ Says India’s Supreme Court In Striking Down Adultery Law : NPR

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