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Sacrifices at Dakshinkali temple, Nepal

December 9, 2011


Dakshinkali temple in the Kathmandu valley is dedicated to the goddess Kali, who requires sacrifices of animals. She is an incarnation of Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva, and destruction is performed to make creation possible. Faithful locals bring offerings of flowers and coconuts, but also chicken and goats, which are decapitated by a professional […]

Cremations at Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal

December 4, 2011


This Temple in Kathmandu is a site of cremations around the clock. In contrast to Indian cremations, women are allowed to attend, and being emotional or photography is no taboo. The deceased is given offerings such as decorations, and family members pour sacred milk into his/her mouth. The oldest son of the deceased stays around […]

Morbid Tibet

December 1, 2011


Tibetan Buddhism is a fusion of the shamanic Bön religion and Indian Tantric Buddhism. From the times of the Bön religion originates the sky burial ritual – after death, the body including the bones is hacked into small pieces, which are left at specific sites to be eaten by birds. According to local beliefs, the […]

Cave Graves around Leshan, Sichuan, China

November 13, 2011


Cave graves are abundant around Southern Sichuan Province. Clay dogs are used to guard the graves, and the deceased is supplied with objects and animals of everyday use, so that these graves represent the lifestyle of the deceased and helped historians to study everyday life of former times. Coffins are decorated with  symbolic animal figures […]

Chinese Emperor’s Tombs around Xi’an

October 25, 2011


Near the tomb of the emperor Qin, three pits containing an army of life-size Terracotta Warriors, horses, chariots, administrators, entertainers, etc. were discovered. The excavations are still ongoing, and more pits are expected to be found. The tomb of the emperor itself has not been excavated, yet – there are legends of traps including a […]

Hong Kong Christian Cemetery

October 5, 2011


This Cemetery on West Hong Kong Island is set around the slopes of hills, overlooking a bay. Graves of wealthy people have large tombstones and religious statues, whereas other graves are small niches in walls with name plaques, images of the dead, and flower vases.

Morbid Papua

September 29, 2011


Ancient graves and megaliths with paintings overlooking the lake Danau Sentani can be found at Tutari. Devil Dance costumes are worn by Asmat tribespeople for ritual dances. During healing dances, medicinal hats are worn whose shape resembles the illness. Special bones are thought to have healing powers. Ancestral figures are prayed to, but also feared. […]


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