Traveller, writer and photographer Anders Ryman became fascinated with the study of ritual and ceremony after spending a year in Samoa doing anthropological fieldwork. It was there that he came to the realization that, though there is great cultural diversity in the world, people are intrinsically the same.
Rayman spent seven years travelling to every inhabited continent in the world, documenting important rites of passage with notes and his camera. The result is Rites of Life, written in three languages and containing stunning images that captures people at the happiest and most devastating moments of their lives.
Divided into parts, this book documents rites spanning the full cycle of life, including coming of age ceremonies in New Guinea, childbirth ceremonies in Palau and cremation in Varanasi.
Candid photos paired with written stories of the rituals achieve what Ryman set out to do: