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Studying Shinto in Hawaii

Posted by Ashley Atkinson-Leon on 2nd Mar 2017

Shinto, or “The Way of the Kami,” is a difficult religion for Westerners to understand. It is not organized with an authority at the top, it has no central text or doctrine, and in many cases, both scholars from the East and West do not even consider it a religion.  It began at least 5,000 years ago, but it was around the 6 th century, with the introduction of Buddhism into Japan, that the Japanese truly began to identify and...
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El Dia de Campo: A Day in the Life of a Gaucho

Posted by Ashley Atkinson-Leon on 16th Feb 2017

During my study abroad program, one of our outings was "El Dia de Campo" (Countryside Day), where we traveled to a local farm to experience the life of a gaucho. In essence, they’re sort of like rustic ranchers who played an important part in forming Argentina into what it is today. It was nice to see life in the countryside, which is quite different from  urban living in Buenos Aires. (Before you leave you might want to...
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