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One of the oldest forms of storytelling is that of re-enactment, donning the costumes of the story's subjects, miming their actions, performing a narrative before a live audience. Whether organized by history enthusiasts, government offices, religious groups, or just for fun, military battles and religious events are the most popular subjects for re-enactment. Collected here are recent performances from around the world, covering a few events from the past 2,000 years. [36 photos]

Actors wearing military uniforms of the Hungarian and Austrian Hapsburg dynasty reenact the first stage of the 1849 Battle of Isaszeg, Hungary, on April 6, 2013 during the Isaszeg Historical Days event. The battle was part of the Spring Campaign of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 between the Austrian Empire and the Hungarian Revolutionary Army. (Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images)     

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Photographer Lunae Parracho traveled to Salvador, one of Brazil’s main tourist destinations and a 2014 World Cup host city, to photograph the violence there. The area has suffered from an unprecedented wave of violence with an increase of over 250% in the murder rate, according to the Brazilian Center for Latin American Studies (CEBELA). Lunae [...]

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In today’s pictures, a man takes a nap at a playground in Tokyo, rescuers search for survivors in a collapsed building in Tanzania, people pray in the streets of Bangladesh, and more.

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TIPPED TRUCK: Men used ropes to try to right a supply truck overloaded with wheat straw, used as animal feed, along a road in Dargai, about 100 miles northwest of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Friday. (Mian Khursheed/Reuters)

STRAIGHT SHOOTER: Rick Ritter, left, and Grady Ritter, both from Stillwell, Okla., checked out guns at the 2012 National Rifle Association Meetings and Exhibits in St. Louis, Mo., on Friday. (Sid Hastings/EPA)

ORTHODOX EASTER: An Orthodox Christian worshiper prayed during a Good Friday procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Friday. Thousands of pilgrims, tourists and clergy took part in the celebrations. Orthodox churches celebrate Easter according to the Julian calendar. (Abir Sultan/EPA)

NEPALESE NEW YEAR: A child watched the Bisket festival in the ancient city of Bhaktapur, near Katmandu, Nepal, on Friday. The nine-day festival takes place over the Nepalese New Year, during which devotees try to pull a chariot to their locations. Winners are believed to be blessed for the coming year with good fortune. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

TIGHT TURNS: Ashley Nee took the second of two runs in the women’s solo kayak division Thursday during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Whitewater Slalom at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C.. (Ben Goff/The Gaston Gazette/Associated Press)

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Christians commemorated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday, a holiday that marks the end of Holy Week and the end of Lent. Observances around the world bring a diversity of traditions as varied as the countries celebrating. Eastern Orthodox Christians will observe Easter on April 15. Gathered here are images of Christians during Holy Week and Easter, including reenactments of the Crucifixion, pilgrimages, baptisms, sunrise services, and more. -- Lane Turner (37 photos total)
A girl wears an angel costume during Blood of Christ celebrations at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua on March 30, 2012. (Esteban Felix/Associated Press)

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REMEMBERING THE DEAD: Thousands of red chairs lined the main street of Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Friday. One for each victim, 11,541 empty red chairs were set up to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo and the start of the Bosnian war in 1992. (Fehim Demir/EPA)

JET CRASH: The burning fuselage of a Navy fighter jet lay smoldering after crashing into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Va., Friday. The two-member crew ejected. (Associated Press)

EASTER DOWN UNDER: A child ran through a fountain at the Sydney Showground in Sydney, Australia, on Friday during the 2012 Sydney Royal Easter Show. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

DOWN FOR THE COUNT: French boxer Salim Larbi cried after a final knockout at the end of his World Boxing Organization interim champion match against Czech boxer Lukas Konecny on Thursday in Brno, Czech Republic. (Radek Mica/AFP/Getty Images)

ON A CROSS: A boy yawned while resting on crosses to be used during a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Iztapalapa, Mexico City. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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In this rapidly changing world in which career and financial successes are
revered, perhaps even idolized, communities, as well as the concept of personal identities and how they are presented within society are greatly evolving. The information revolution shortened distances between people enabling interactions never before possible. Yet even in these exciting times belief continues to be one of the basic, most significant and profound factors defining and shaping individuals and societies alike. Having been raised in Israel, I was regularly exposed to strong religious, social and political beliefs and ideas from an early age. Holy sites situated throughout Israel make the (physically) small country extremely important for Jews, Christians, Muslim and many other religions. The region?s history combined with the volatile political situation today, result in a complex and intense reality in which people emphatically and publicly express themselves.

I am fascinated and sometimes frightened by the extreme situations people reach in the pursuit and defense of their beliefs. I explore the various sides of how people practice their beliefs, the places it brings them to and the scenes in which they take part. Regardless of specific religious or political affinities, belief can provide a sense of community, belonging, safety, and understanding, yet might also provoke hatred, separation and aggressiveness.

Tranquility vs. anger, ecstasy vs. rage, understanding vs. fanaticism.

Using my camera as a tool for examination, I documented religious
ceremonies, political events and situations of conflict throughout Israel. The photographs in this project are direct examinations of the public as a whole yet focus on individuals and their experiences as well.

The dialogue between the pictures is as important as every individual
image, as each one has the potential to connect with viewers in a unique way. By displaying multiple images in this series, I aim to show the multifaceted nature of belief and the various ways it impacts the lives of individuals and communities. Belief can often shape people?s behavior and personal interactions but this is typically unnoticed by those who are most deeply influenced by it. This project promotes self-reflection and encourages viewers to contemplate their own beliefs, or the ideals of their communities, and the intensity with which belief affects their actions and way of life.

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