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Nomads of the Sea 17
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
14 Feb 2014

Night on the boat in the waters of Semporna, close to the town. The whole family sleeps on the deck under the roof. They go to sleep when the darkness falls and gets up with the sunrise every day. If it starts raining during the night, women are pumping water from the bottom of the boat.

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Milan 22
Milan
By GC
14 Feb 2014

Milan (Italy) 2/5/2015 Street Dante:
A desperate street artist in street Dante in the centre of Milan and not far from home of Expo 2015.

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Milan 20
Milan
By GC
12 Feb 2014

Milan (Italy) 2/5/2015 Street Adda:
A small house in via Adda is a contrast to the Diamond Tower designed by Kohn Pederson Fox with a space inside 12500 m2 offices purchased from Samsung to move its 900 employees from Cernusco sul Naviglio.

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Another Sky: An Uruguayan journey 30
Plaza Independencia, Montevideo, Uruguay
By Francesco Pistilli
20 Jan 2014

Jose Gervasio Artigas is considered by many the father of Uruguay. Soldiers still guard his tomb in Montevideo's Plaza Independencia, a tribute to the man who fought to free the country. Artigas' life and victories are portrayed on the walls of the mausoleum alongside images portraying events in Uruguayan history. Today national identity is a historical blend resulting from the struggle to maintain freedom from Spain and later from Argentina and Brazil; gaucho culture; African slave roots; political caudillismo; and European cultural and intellectual models.

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Chinese marriage 11
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
18 Jan 2014

In her mother's bedroom in her home town of Zhongshan City, Luo Jiahui displays a banner of instructions that her groom must adhere too throughout the course of their marriage. The groom must read out these instructions in front of the entire wedding party.

The banner contains simple sentiments like "I will be a faithful Husband" or "I will work hard"or "I will treat you well" etc. These instructions are considered a humorous side to the wedding ceremony, but also a gentle reminder to the groom to stay in-line and pull his weight. Many young Chinese husbands are faced with enormous pressure from the wife's family to earn a high salary or to get a stable career. It is also not uncommon for families to require a husband to buy their daughter a home.

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Chinese marriage 17
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
18 Jan 2014

Members of the groom's party participate in the initiation, or game phase of a wedding ceremony in Zhongshan City.

Games and initiations have always been a part of Chinese Wedding ceremonies, but now in modern China, younger people are becoming slightly more rumbustious in their approach. On the wedding day, the groom and his party have to do many different tasks to prove they are worthy of their waiting bride. When the tasks are completed the bride will come out from her bedroom and present herself to the groom. Some of the games or initiations include include eating Wasabi sauce or bird food from the floor while doing press ups; getting spayed from head to toe with colored foam; or even drinking coke laced with soy sauce.

Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China

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Chinese marriage 24
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
18 Jan 2014

Luo Jiahui's father lights incense as an offering to Buddhist gods in her home in Zhongshan City.

Parents of couples getting married follow traditional practices and beliefs much more rigidly than young Chinese couples on the day of the wedding. These ancient religious practices seem to be losing grip on Chinese youth, as many do not follow any organized belief system or religion. Buddhism is still generally accepted as the biggest faith, but itÕs beliefs and practices are slowly disappearing with ChinaÕs aging population.

Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China.

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Chinese marriage 4
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
18 Jan 2014

Luo Jiahui nervously awaits the arrival of her groom and his party in her bedroom in her mothers house in Zhongshan City.

The process on the morning of the wedding is for the bride to put on her dress at a very specific time, according to a Chinese calendar called Huangli. The Huangli calendar depicts not only the right time the bride should put on her wedding clothes, but also the right day the wedding should be held on. This tradition has not changed after centuries of practice and is still very prevalent in modern Chinese weddings.

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Nomads of the Sea 35
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
15 Jan 2014

Dried fish hanging in the family boat. Bajau Laut dry fish to eat it later or to sell it in the market to earn money to buy other kinds of food.

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Nomads of the Sea 32
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
13 Jan 2014

Barisaya and her children Romi and Ina are waiting for Barisaya’s husband and father-in-law to come back from Semporna with fuel and food.

Romi and Ina are not attending school, but spend all of their time with the family on the boat. “My grandchildren started crying when we took them to school. They were afraid. So the best thing is just to stay on the boat and go fishing together,” Bungsali says. “Also, when we see tourists in Semporna, we send the kids to beg for money.”

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Nomads of the Sea 41
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
13 Jan 2014

Romi and Ina are eating noodles on the top of the boat, close to Semporna town, Malaysia.

Romi and Ina are not attending school, but spend all of their time with the family on the boat. “My grandchildren started crying when we took them to school. They were afraid. So the best is just to stay on the boat and go fishing together,” Bungsali says. “Also, when we see tourists in Semporna, we send kids to beg for money.”

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Nomads of the Sea 28
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
13 Jan 2014

The only time that Bungsali and his family venture on land is to get fresh water from the mountains, or to buy some food, fuel and cigarettes in the town.

Most Bajau are unaware of their age, have but one name and are unable to read or write. On top of this, many have no formal documents to speak of or know where they were born. No documents means no education nor health care; the Sama Dilaut are unable to live a regular life and continually face difficulties.

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Nomads of the Sea 30
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
12 Jan 2014

Bajau children are playing on Mabul island. Most of their parents are working in Semporna or other towns in Sabah and children are left alone or with their grandparents. It's seems that the island belongs to children as you can see them play everywhere.

In the evenings though, some of them attend a school for stateless children. A local teacher, Alee, established this school on Mabul island 5 years ago. In the beginning Alee had only 4 pupils, but now the number of students attending his lessons, which take place at 8pm ever night (except Thursday), has swollen to 80.

“It is very important for Bajau children to start learning, as this is the only way for them to get jobs in the future and make a living if they cannot fish anymore,” Alee explains.

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Nomads of the Sea 34
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
12 Jan 2014

Most Bajau lack official papers, and this means their children are unable to attend public schools.

Countless numbers of Bajau children are still without education, however, and while NGOs and other organisations are working on trying to get more Bajau Laut educated by encouraging their children to attend school, in the end it’s still their choice.

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Nomads of the Sea 46
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
12 Jan 2014

Bajau children are playing on Mabul island. Most of their parents are working in Semporna or other towns in Sabah and children are left alone or with their grandparents. It seems that the island belongs to children as you can see them play everywhere.

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Nomads of the Sea 51
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
12 Jan 2014

Agunnay family's house on Mabul island, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 52
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
12 Jan 2014

Agunnay, his wife Intanlasa and their children in the house in Mabul island, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 29
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
11 Jan 2014

Agunnay and his nephew at home in Mabul island, Malaysia. Agunnay has 5 sons and two daughters. It took two days for him to build the hut when they came here from the Philippines and decided to settle.

Agunnay not only built a small house for his family, but even got a wrist watch to look like a more modern man. “I have the watch, but I don’t know the numbers. So if I need to know the time, I go to my neighbours, show my watch and ask what the time is”.

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Nomads of the Sea 69
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
11 Jan 2014

Children are making small squid ink "bombs". Later they will be used by their parents for attracting tuna.

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Nomads of the Sea 31
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Agunnay is spearfishing in the shallow waters. Living in unity with the ocean allows the Bajau to develop extraordinary abilities to free dive. They can go as deep as 20 meters down to look for seafood. They also used to dive for pearls.

"When father took me to free dive for the first time, I didn’t know how to do it. He just showed me how to breathe and block my nose. Then he put a rope with some weights on me and drooped me into the ocean," explains Agunay.

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Nomads of the Sea 33
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

A Bajau woman and her children caught in the storm offshore Mabul island. They go around the island to sell fish for resorts or tourists and earn some money.

There might not be any Sama Dilaut living on boats left in the area in a few years. Only stories and legends about people from the Ocean will remain.

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Nomads of the Sea 42
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

A man selling sea food for tourists next to one of the resorts in Mabul island.

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Nomads of the Sea 43
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Bajau Laut are selling sea food for tourists next to one of the resorts in Mabul island.

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Nomads of the Sea 44
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Agunnay in his tiny boat, paddling out in to the ocean for spearfishing.

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Nomads of the Sea 47
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Teacher Alee during the lesson in School of Hope for stateless children in the island of Mabul, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 48
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Bajau Laut are selling sea food for tourists next to one of the resorts in Mabul island.

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Nomads of the Sea 49
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Bajau Laut are selling sea food for tourists next to one of the resorts in Mabul island.

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Nomads of the Sea 50
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Teacher Alee during a lesson in the School of Hope for stateless children in the island of Mabul, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 53
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Agunnay is coming back home in his boat after spearfishing in shallow waters not too far from Mabul island.

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Nomads of the Sea 54
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

School of Hope for stateless children in the island of Mabul, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 55
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

School of Hope for stateless children in the island of Mabul, Malaysia.

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Nomads of the Sea 65
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Bajau Laut selling fish next to a reasort on Mabul island.

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Nomads of the Sea 67
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
10 Jan 2014

Agunnay is preparing his speargun for spearfishing session.

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Nomads of the Sea 03
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
09 Jan 2014

Clothes are hanged to dry on the shore of Sibuan island.