Morticians Explain How People Choose Their Last Outfits
From a simple shroud to Aretha Franklin's multiple costume changes, here's how to pick the clothes you'd literally be caught dead in.
Ilise S. Carter
The Terrible Tales of a Lizard-Smoking, Blood-Drinking Satanic Cult in Aligarh
In a town with a reputation for religiousness, a group of Satan worshippers are among the faithful.
Zeyad Masroor Khan
Oh Look, It's a Different (and Better) Pop Song Released Today
Welcoming Ritual's first track of 2017, "Real Feels", featuring a hot verse from Denzel Curry.
My Strange Winter with a Shaman in Kazakhstan
Photographer Denis Vejas documents the practices of one of the country's last Sufi dervishes.
Why Apple Bobbing Is Actually a Female Fertility Ritual
Apple-bobbing is more than just a watery Halloween game. Throughout history, it has been the dominion of witches, sex, love, and women—an act of enchantment rather than simple pomaceous fondling.
This Baker Is Turning 17th Century Witches’ Broth Into Pie
Four hundred years after the trial of Lancashire’s Pendle witches—12 men and women executed for witchcraft and murder—baker Christine Turner makes pies inspired by the broth served at their illicit gatherings.
Voodoo Puts the Skull in These Dark Sculptures
Haitian Vodou gets cast in a new light by London-based artist Pierre Santos.
Masha (Maria) Koblyakova
Siberian Shamanism Invites You into a Trance at This Installation
In ‘Ongon,’ artist Abraham Brody attempts to bring the shamanic experience into an art gallery.
Photos from Japan's Ancient Bullfighting Ritual
In Spain, matador vs bull often ends in at least one gory death. Japan's centuries-old tradition sees two bulls peacefully wrestling one another.
Luke Van Aurich
Ritual, Fetish and Infinity Collide in a Memory Theater
Artist Srijon Chowdhury creates theatrical art installation inspired by ancient and medieval information storage devices.
Mangelwurzels Make the Creepiest Jack-o-Lanterns
In the Somerset town of Hinton St. George, locals mark Halloween with "Punkies," hollowed-out mangolds or mangelwurzels (a type of beetroot) containing a lit candle.
The Swiss Custom of Voting While Shitfaced
Landsgemeinde is a wonderful chance to get hammered in public and vote for a farmer to be your "city captain".
Evan Ruetsch, Words by Michel Schultheiss