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Holy Trails

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With epic landscapes and lore that is ancient, complex, and tragic, Armenia offers a visceral historic bonanza that takes in some of Christianity’s most sacred symbols.

Light and Shade

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Sharp-fanged and sword-wielding, Fudo Myoo inspires Japan’s feared Yakuza. Yet the deity is also worshipped by Buddhists worldwide.

Northern Exposure

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Remote and subject to harsh Himalayan weather conditions, Spiti Valley was the desolate main link between Tibet and India for centuries. Its seclusion has helped preserve the authenticity of one of the world’s most threatened cultures

Volcano Sacrifice: Lens on the Yadnya Kasada

Before sunrise, devotees go to the slopes of Mount Bromo to pray and throw their sacrifices on the festival of Yadnya Kasada.

Remembrance at Hiroshima’s Nuclear Temple

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Hiroshima’s 1,200-year-old Mitaki-dera temple is tranquil but it’s also, a pilgrimage site for the victims of the nuclear age.

Kumaris: The Living Child Goddesses of Nepal

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For more than 1,000 years, Kumaris have been a central part of Hindu and Buddhist culture in Nepal, particularly in Kathmandu.

A Short, Curious History of the White Temple of Chiang Rai

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Those who visit the White Temple of Chiang Rai are struck by its beauty and then its irreverence – from Hello Kitty on the inside to Pinhead from Hellraiser on the lawn.

The High Price of Death in Torajaland

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Jay Tindall travels to the fascinating and somewhat gruesome spectacle of a Torajaland funeral, one of the most interesting cultural events in Southeast Asia.

Very Superstitious: 4 Taoist Deities to Know When Visiting Hong Kong

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Going to Hong Kong? Well, there are few Taoist deities you should get to know before you start in on the temples.

Bali Temple Journey from North to South

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Bali has no shortage of temples, and this journey takes travelers from north to south – with water rituals and fire dances – combining some of the very best in Balinese spirituality.

Curses, Jinxes, and Spells: Kyoto’s Black Magic Side

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Even in the most popular temples of Japan’s most beautiful city, there are dark corners where patrons can curse their enemies in Kyoto.

City of Angels: A Visual Journey Through Bangkok Festivals

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Photographer Adryel Talamantes takes his camera around Bangkok festivals to turn his lens on the intense spiritual side of Asia’s most visited city.