Travel: An ancient matriarchal island, crop circle tourism, and more

Travel: An ancient matriarchal island, crop circle tourism, and more




All you need to know about Day of the Dead, plus beautiful pictures of photographers' neighborhoods from around the world, cultural tourism, creepy clowns, and more.
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In this edition: Can tourism preserve this traditional matriarchal island culture? What's behind the English crop circles tourists flock to see? What should you know about Day of the Dead? Read on to find these answers and more.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT ORMEROD, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Inside the mystical world of crop circle tourism
The English countryside is the epicenter of this cryptic phenomenon.
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PHOTOGRAPH BY ALEX ROBCIUC, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
28 beautiful photos explore regions around the world
In this gallery, Nat Geo Your Shot photographers show off their own neck of the woods.
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PHOTOGRAPH BY TOMAS BRAVO, REUTERS
10 things to know about Day of the Dead
We've all seen the classic painted sugar skulls—but what does this celebration really represent?
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PHOTO BY RICHARD HEWITT STEWART, NAT GEO IMAGE COLLECTION
Photos of creepy clowns from the Nat Geo archive
Different variations of the comic (and terrifying) character have existed in nearly every civilization throughout history.
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fast fact
The world's first permanent anatomical theater is 423 years old.
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PHOTOGRAPH BY FABIAN WEISS
On this matriarchal European island, ancient customs thrive
The women of Kihnu, Estonia, have kept unique traditions alive for millennia. Now tourism is stepping in.
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