We may all love but the way of expressing it differs around the world.
Times are changing and nothing surprises us in the subversive and liberated society of Sidney. The kiss in the image says much…
In Talin, with an exception of homosexual relationships which were always censurable during communism, relationships were and are free and marriage is optional!
In the Estonian capital nowadays, unmarried couples and families out of marriage are a normal situation in society. Tomea hill is the kingdom of love and the homonymous castle is the access to the dreams’ horizon.
Egypt. For a betrothed couple who follows the strict muslim ethics, public places is the only space where they are allowed to meet.
Only marriage offers a solution to the deadlock. Does love worth the patience?
In Al Halili market, in Cairo many people criticize the kerchief that women wear in Islam. But the women, through the kerchief protect and foster their beauty, and their whimsicality as well.
And if they want to flirt, they have their inscrutable way, with a motion through the colourful veil, with a scented kerchief, like a spell excites the man and drowns him into the sea of her glance. Her only “unconcealed” and irresistible weapon.
The drums of love beat for hippies.
“Flower children” changed the map of sexual behavior in the western society.
They exculpated love, even ephemeral love, and the last of them, known as the Rainbow, keep meeting every year in virgin lands of the world, in prosperous valleys and magical forests. In Rustlers Valley of South Africa, near the borders with Lesotho, their festival concurs with the catholic Easter.
Outside Modern Art Centre CCCB of Barcelona, love and bikers stop by.
A clear indication of a society’s level is its tolerance towards public expressions of loving affection. In cities of Afghanistan under the control of the Taliban, if you raise the burka of a woman in order to see her, it is difficult to escape lynching. In Barcelona, on the contrary, if you don’t kiss with your significant other wherever and whenever, most people start to think that you are about to break up.
According to the mythology of the native Maori, life, light and human existence were born when the earth blended with the sky.
From this myth we can imagine the erotic nature of the primal people of “the land of the white cloud” Aotearoa, as New Zealand is called by its natives. In Hikurangi mountain the spark of love between a native man and a descendant of the white colonists remains inextinguishable and they participate in a traditional ceremony, honoring the Maori gods.
In the settlement- effigy of Kappadokia, in Akontisma of New Karvali, memories recall the time when hand-kissing an unmarried woman was valued as an engagement notice.
In the time when the Catholic Church decided to “clean” the heresy of Cathars, an innocent kiss outside the castle of Carcassonne would certainly provoke the fury of the Inquisition.
Nowadays, the walk in the medieval citadel of the French South, except the fact that it’s popular to the honeymooners, it is a memory of the first heartbeats which the mature couples want to relive. This fabulous place is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Monument.
In the tax haven of the Pyrenean, Andorra, only the 1/3 of the 80.000 residents are natives.
Inevitably here you can’t find easily a local woman and there are many who dally with women who came from Eastern Europe. Many of these tall beauties equate the vision of a better future with the redemption which a good marriage brings.
In the temples of Tokyo, unmarried people still leave for Buddha wishes written in small papers.
Many women of the land of the Rising Sun, of technology and tradition, struggle to send through the winged god an arrow to some stranger, in order to escape with him and be liberated from the conservative society domain of males, which prevents them from having a career along with family, considering women inferior to men.