Philippines carries out bloody Good Friday `crucifixions`

 Devotees in the fervently Catholic Philippines marked Good Friday by being nailed to crosses and whipping their backs bloody, in extreme acts of devotion that attracted thousands of spectators.

Chile arrests 4 accused of burning `antichrist` baby in rite

Chilean police have arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual.

Sri Lanka court stays Hindu temple ritual

Slaughtering of goats and scores of fowl is an annual
ritual at the Munneswaram Kali Amman Hindu Temple in Chilaw
came to be halted due to a court order obtained by the police.

Puri priests refuse to perform ritual in protest

Protesting the police action during
Lord Jagannath rath yatra that left 24 people injured,
agitated priests refused to perform the "Pahandi" ritual for
taking the deities into Gundicha temple.

Evidence related to ancient Himalayan death ritual found

Experts have found remains of 27 ancient men, women, and children in cliffside caves in Nepal.

Oldest Vedic Ritual in Kerala after 35 yrs

After a gap of 35 years, `Athirathram`
considered the oldest Vedic ritual in the world, will be held
at the sleepy hamlet of Panjal in Thrissur district of Kerala,
in April 2011.

Unique Himachal ritual: Pelting stones to appease goddess

A day after the festival of lights, a unique stone pelting fair was organised as part of an annual ritual in the former princely state of Dhami in Himachal Pradesh.

Hajj pilgrims in `stoning the devil` ritual

Pilgrims pelted pillars symbolising the devil with pebbles to show their defiance on the third day of the hajj on Friday as Muslims worldwide marked the Eid al-Adha holy day with mass animal sacrifices.