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JPG members look at how people throughout the world are impacted by the many forces that drive our economy.

38 Economics

32 Minding Their Own Business
In upstate New York, Matt Granger investigates how a recession affects small town business owners.

82 International Markets
Our contributors discover that markets everywhere are a feast for the eyes.

Long Lonely Road by Aaron Joel Santos
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62 Strength in Numbers
4 Sign of the Times
After a typhoon, Sid Catindig captures the repair efforts.

80 When Disaster Strikes 84 Human Canvas

Katherine Neumann helps communities recover and raises awareness.

6 Not Horsing Around

Rhys Logan documents the steep risks involved in a famous horse race.

While working with other artists, Tim Engle photographs a unique painting project.

14 Great Outdoors

8 Spirited Efforts

At a festival in Thailand, David Procter discovers how evil spirits are scared away.

85 Mobile Moments

Our contributors share moments they captured with a cell phone camera.

10 The Men of Mysore

Raghuram Ashok finds those who still enjoy a sport that was once popular in India.

86 Message Received 88 Bug Bites

Ben Mille meets someone who uses his van to make a public statement.

12 Audience Participation

Kevin Joelson records the moment when fans join The Burning of Rome’s song.

In Beijing, Ronald Paredes discovers some surprising food options.

56 Fighting for the Bulls
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AFTER THE STORM
While stuck in traffic, Sid Catindig finds beauty in the aftermath of a recent typhoon.
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One day I was stuck in traffic, as usual, so I took out my camera to take some pictures from my car to pass the time. I was fascinated by the quality of the late afternoon sky, which was probably the result of the typhoon that had recently passed. I felt lucky when the traffic jam brought me to this sight of some workers repairing a billboard that had been destroyed by the storm, as if I ended up at the right place at the right time. In 2006, Typhoon Milenyo touched ground with winds up to 145 mph, and was responsible for property and agricultural damage totaling around $118 million in the Philippines alone. It also caused major flooding, landslides, uprooted trees, and 197 deaths—several of which were the result of fallen billboards.

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HIGH HORSES
Rhys Logan finds that steep risks are a part of the World Famous Suicide Race, a controversial tradition in the state of Washington.
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The World Famous Suicide Race is a test of horsemanship, brute strength, and courage. It begins atop a hill, where the riders bring their horses up to full speed before plunging down an extremely steep slope that leads to the Okanogan River. They must then get across the river–either on horseback or by swimming–before riding to a rodeo arena where a crowd welcomes them. The race was created by a furniture salesman in 1935 as a way to attract people to the rodeo in Omak, Washington,

and is inspired by Native American endurance competitions. Today the race is extremely controversial, especially among animal rights activists who note that over 20 horses have died over the years from racing, and many riders and horses have been injured. But to the Colville Omak tribe, who make up most of the contestants, the race is considered a tradition that extends back to their days as horse warriors in the Wild West.

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THE BIG BANG
At the Vegetarian Festival in Thailand, David Procter captures how locals ward off evil spirits.
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These young men are carrying an altar that bears the icons of nine deities at the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. They are part of a large procession that ends at one of several famous Chinese temples, where local residents greet them carrying thousands of firecrackers. Once lit, the firecrackers are draped around the altar to drive away evil spirits.

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GRAPPLING WITH CHANGE
Raghuram Ashok documents wrestling schools that have held onto an ancient practice that was once the most popular sport in Mysore, India.
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Long ago in the city of Mysore, India, the most popular sport was a traditional form of wrestling called kushti, which was admired by both locals and royalty. Kushti was engrained into the culture of this city and was so popular that over 100 wrestling schools, or akhadas, thrived.

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Two men wrestle at the Dasara Festival in Mysore, India.

04› practice

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At most wrestling schools, scenes that depict power and masculinity from epic stories are painted on the walls. They serve as inspiration to wrestlers like Lokesh Jaisimha who is a student at the Besthar Kalanna Wrestling School.

Satish and Chandrashekhar practice wrestling at the Besthar Kalanna Wrestling School. Wrestling practice takes place in a mud pit that is ploughed so that it has a soft texture.

05› nearing the end

03› heavy lifting

One of the exercises at the end of the wrestlers’ routine involves lifting a 110-pound weight and hurling it behind them.

At the Boothayya Wrestling School, part of their warm-up routine includes lifting and swinging heavy clubs.

However, kushti’s popularity has dwindled over the years throughout all of India. Even in the city of Mysore where it has stayed the most prevalent, there are only a handful of akhadas that still teach wrestling. Apart from two major events in India that attract worldwide wrestling audiences, kushti remains a passion only to some of the locals. In the locations that have akhadas, kushti is seen as more than just a sport: it is a subculture in which men train and live together. Wrestlers’ activities are regulated and they follow strict rules on everything from their diet to what they can do in their spare time. Drinking, smoking, and even sex are completely forbidden while they are in training. Their focus is to live a pure life, build strength, and hone their wrestling skills. For these men, the daily kushti practice begins and ends with worship, where they seek to be blessed by the Lord and their guru. They then complete warm-up exercises and receive a luxurious massage with butter, which makes their bodies slippery. Each match begins inside a mud pit with the opponents shaking hands, then tackling each other. The goal is to make the other lose his balance and hurl him down, but sweat and the oil make it difficult to do so. While akhadas are used to practice wrestling, actual kushti competitions are held in an open mud pit at public venues, with the audience gathering around the ring. There are a few major events held in Mysore that bring people to the wrestling bouts, where locals cheer on their favorite wrestlers. Though these events attract fewer patrons than years ago, they are still held and organized by dedicated individuals in an effort to preserve this ancient sport that has been a part of India’s culture for centuries.

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