The Sci-Fi Buddhist Temple That Is Wat Rong Khun

White Temple

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The old adage “You can’t judge a book by its cover” apparently also applies to a temple. Within Thailand’s White Temple, you will encounter a somewhat non-traditional interior. Where you may expect to find reverent Buddhist sculptures and quiet areas of worship, you’ll see crazy murals that blend science fiction imagery, pop culture and the teachings of Buddha. The reasoning? As artist Chalermchai Kositpipat said, “I desire for it to be built like a paradise. It is paradise on Earth, humans can be exposed.”

But for most, said paradise probably doesn’t include Keanu Reeves. Or, for that matter, being surrounded by spaceships locked in a battle for your soul.

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4 Beautiful, Bizarre, And Disturbing Earth Origin Stories

For most of our existence, humans have used myths to demystify the world and our place in it. We created stories to explain where babies come from and where the sun goes at night and everything in-between. Up until the Enlightenment, when we began using science to understand the universe, these stories were all we had to make sense of things. Here is a collection of some of the most fascinating, creative, and even unpleasant stories that explained the origins of the earth before science could.

Norse Mythology: Odin and Ymir

Origin Stories Ymir Norse

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Nordic people populate the modern day nations of Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Besides minimalistic contemporary design and tall blondes, these countries are best known for long, dark winters, snow, and alcoholism. That might explain why their origin story involves so much murder and ice.

Here it is:

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An Abandoned Cathedral In Ani, Turkey

Abandoned Cathedral Ani Turkey

What might seem to you as just another abandoned area was once the pinnacle of civilization. A rival of Constantinople, Baghdad and Damascus at its height, natural disaster struck in the form of a 1319 earthquake and the now-Turkish city of Ani has since been abandoned. While it stood, though, the Armenian capital city stretched throughout present day Armenia and eastern Turkey.

For more abandoned photography, be sure to hit up our gallery of abandoned places.

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