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Origin of All Good. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
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Origin of All Good

Angel is a pastoralist in the Rhodopo Mountains of Bulgaria. He carved this shepherd’s crook with a symbolic representation of his beliefs. Included are a ram’s head, a wolf, and a serpent. The serpent represents the fact that all good comes from the earth, and the other symbols – the wolf and the ram – represent the interconnectedness of nature. In the last few decades, Europe has experienced an overall agricultural decline, with land abandonment and reforestation of formerly cultivated and grazed range. Government agencies and nongovernmental interests are now working to reverse this trend. Many European countries have adopted programs targeting agrotourism rather than ecotourism, focusing on the cultural landscape rather than a "wild" landscape to attract visitors.

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