Today I learned about an annual festival held in Japan for which a Shin-Otoko ("Lucky Man") is chosen. During the festival, the Shin-Otoko, totally shaved of body hair, needs to run naked to a shrine, chased by hundreds of naked men. To touch the Shin-Otoko is good luck. aichi-now.jp/en/spots/det…
After a fatal motorcycle accident in India, the pΠΎlΡ–ce took the bike to a nearby station, but on numerous occasions, it disappeared before dawn and was found back at the accident site. A shrine dedicated to the bike was then built at the site, with hundreds praying there daily for a safe journey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_…
Japan has a shrine for hemorrhoids called the Kunigami Shrine. Visitors can point their butts towards the butt-washing stone and recite a chant to cure or prevent hemorrhoids. kotaku.com/in-japan-there…
Archaeologists found traces of burnt cannabis on an altar in an ancient Jewish shrine, the first time cannabis has been identified in the Ancient Near East. Scientists believe there was sufficient THC to create a mind-altered state in those breathing the fumes. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne has a feature where a Ray of Light shines on the word LOVE - engraved on the Stone of Remembrance - at 11 AM on the 11th of November (Remembrance Day) every year. youtube.com/watch?v=njV14…
There's a Japenese diver who tends an underwater Shinto shrine and has been greeted by the same fish for the past 25 years inhabitat.com/meet-yoriko…
The 'Rabbit' temple in Taiwan, the world’s only shrine for homosexuals which dedicated to a deity who has watched over homosexuals for four centuries, attracts nearly 9,000 people each year. reuters.com/article/taiwa…
Although Japan's Emperor apparently renΠΎunced his divinity in 1946, Japan's WWII shrine sees that interpretation as prΠΎpaganda; the shrine's Shinto priest said "his ancestors are from the world of gods, so he is a divine being"; and Japan's anthem calls for the Emperor to live 8,000 generations theguardian.com/world/200…
In 1805 near Shinmei Shrine in Tokyo, a street fight erupted between the Megumi firefighters and a group of Sumo wrestlers. This event was later adapted into a kabuki play, 'Kami no Megumi Wago no Torikumi.' enmokudb.kabuki.ne.jp/rep…
Japan has Imperial and National Shinto shrines in each prefecture. They are also ranked based on the amount of government support or association with the Imperial family. Some shrines are called "Ichinomiya", making them the highest-ranking shrines in their prefectures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod…
Kyoto was actually at the top of the list of targets for the atomic bomb, not Nagasaki nor Hiroshima. Secretary of War Henry Stimson ordered for the ancient city with its thousands of palaces, temples, and shrines to be removed from the list, but the military kept on putting it back. bbc.com/news/world-asia-3…
An unknown black organic material was found preserved on 2 altars at the entrance to a shrine's holy of holies, part of a fortress guarding the southern border of biblical Judah. Testing them found frankincense and cannabis, the first time the latter has been identified in the Ancient Near East. phys.org/news/2020-05-rev…
In Japan, a home loses value from Day 1 β€” losing half its value in 10 years and becoming almost entirely worthless in 25. When a property is sold, the existing house is almost always razed and rebuilt. Even the most important shrines in Japan face regular rebuilding. rethinktokyo.com/2018/06/…
Shigeru Miyamoto got the inspiration to create Starfox when walking through the gates at Fushimi Inari shrine. He thought it would be great if they could fly through the gates. The word Inari means fox and Starfox was born. tay.kinja.com/exploring-t…
Cannabis and Frankincense were discovered at the "holy of holies" of a shrine at Tel Arad in the Beer-sheba Valley, Israel. newsroom.taylorandfrancis…
When Alexander the Great’s dearest friend Hephaestion died, Alexander threw him a lavish funeral worth around Β£1,500,000,000. He also had a 60-metre-high pyre commissioned, with 7 layers of golden objects. Hephaestion was also worshipped as a divine hero. Shrines were erected in his memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hep…
Edison used Bamboo filaments supplied by his assistant from Kyoto until he developed Tungsten filament and the shrine hosts a 'light festival' complete with lit bamboo lanterns and the American anthem to honor this exchange amusingplanet.com/2019/05…
Thailand’s Spirits Have a Taste for Red Fanta. The gods and spirits are offered the strawberry flavored drink which is a mainstay at most shrines and spirit-houses. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The supermarket escalator where North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was last seen in public before death has been turned into a shrine youtube.com/watch?v=IrfZP…
Today I learned of Mount Kemukus, a hilltop shrine in Central Java where people go to have sex with other pilgrims who are total strangers, to bring goodluck. mountainculturegroup.com/…
Today I learned about the Oakland Buddha, placed by a resident on a street corner to prevent illegal dumping, the statue has now become a shrine for the local Vietnamese population who leave offerings and have even built a shelter for the Buddah. Crime in the area dropped 82% oaklandnorth.net/2014/10/…
In the 1930s, residents of Munich would take a small side street so they didn't need to render the Nazi salute to the shrine of the Nazis who died in the Beer Hall Putsch. This side road came to be called "DrΓΌckebergergasse" or "Shirker's alley" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr%…
The Shrine of Rememberence in Melbourne, Australia was desiged with a cutout in the roof such that sunlight only shines through on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It lights up the word "Love" in the inscription during the moment of silence. wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrine…
A small town in southern Kyoto, Japan has a yearly festival and monument next to a shrine dedicated to Thomas Edison. He used the bamboo from the town Yawata for his filament in the lightbulbs which increased the use time from 40 hours to 1,000 iwashimizu.or.jp/story/kj…
Ancient Rome lasted so long that the original meaning of a shrine built in Rome's city center had already been forgotten by later generations of Romans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lap…
In the center of Mecca there is a rock called Black Stone. It was held in reverence well before the preaching of Islam by Muhammad. It had long been associated with the Kaaba, which was built in the pre-Islamic period and was a site of pilgrimage of Nabateans who visited the shrine once a year. wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_…
A group of Hindus and Sikhs, who were forced out of Pakistan to India after the borders were drawn, now take care of, using the conventional Muslim tradition, the ornate Muslim graves and shrine originally maintained by the Muslims who were forced out of India into Pakistan during the same time. youtu.be/r5Ps1TZXAN8
In 2017, some Hatsune Miku fans crowdfunded over 40,000 USD for a shrine of her to run in a subway ad space for over a month in South Korea. kotaku.com/fans-crowdfund…
Jeffrey Dahmer performed crude lobotomies in attempts to create "sex zombies" and that he believed he could create a "power center" (shrine of bones and body parts) where he would derive powers such as "success in the real-estate market". He was declared sane and accountable for trial. chicagoreader.com/chicago…
In 1977, a woman in New Mexico saw a burn mark in her tortilla that looked like the face of Jesus. She then built and ran the "Shrine of the Miracle Tortilla" until 2006 when the tortilla was dropped and broken during show-and-tell at a local elementary school. beliefnet.com/entertainme…
During WW II, Japanese prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone was an officer and paymaster in the Imperial Japanese Navy. He wrote in August 1945 after Japan's surrender: "I swore to resurrect my homeland from the ashes of defeat". While in power, he visited the Yasukuni Shrine in full mourning dress en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yas…
The mummy-monks at the end of shrines in Breath of The Wild are based on something real en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sok…
Over 5 million people, primarily in Japan, practice Tenrikyo, a religion based on the teachings of Nakayama Miki, a Japanese female religious leader who died in 1887, who followers believe was a prophet acting as a Shrine of God en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
Today I learned about the Baba Umer Dargah shrine in Solapur ,India, famous for it's baby throwing ritual, in which infants are dropped from a 15-meter platform onto a cloth held by both Muslim and Hindu men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
George Washington was worshiped as a Kami (Holy Power) in Hawaiian Shinto Shrines. eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modu…
St. Jude's hospital is named for the saint of Hopeless Causes. Comedian Danny Thomas prayed to St. Jude, "Please, please, give me a sign that I'm going in the right direction, and someday I'll build a shrine in your name." huffpost.com/entry/danny-…
The jingu shinto shrine in Ise, Japan has been demolished and rebuilt every 20 years since the year 690. Even the objects inside the shrine are rebuilt except the sacred mirror smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
An ancient shrine in the Peruvian citadel of Machu Picchu was permanently damaged in 2000 while filming a beer commercial theguardian.com/world/200…
After Tama the Station Master Cat died, she was enshrined as a spirit goddess named Tama Daimyōjin (たま倧明η₯ž) in a nearby Shinto cat shrine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam…
The shrine buildings at Ise, Shinto’s holiest site, are torn down & rebuilt every 20yrs in line with the belief in the impermanence of all things & as a way to pass building techniques across generations. The buildings have existed for ~1300yrs; the 63rd rebuilding occurs in 2033. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ise…
An expat German girl died during WW1 on an island off Singapore, and over time the locals built a shrine and made her into a Taoist deity. atlasobscura.com/places/g…
One of the most sacred shrines in Japan is torn down and rebuilt every 20 years. This has been going on for over 1,000 years, and some records indicate it may have started 2,000 years ago. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
There’s a shrine in Bangkok to a naughty old beggar. After one man prayed at the shrine and won the lottery, he rewarded the beggar with a troupe of sexy dancers. Now people regularly bring dancers to the shrine to seek good fortune (with video) bangkok.coconuts.co/2013/…
In some African countries there still exists a form of forced religious prostitution known as trokosi ("ritual servitude") which forcibly keeps thousands of girls and women in traditional shrines as "wives of the gods", where priests perform the sexual function in place of the gods news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/progr…
There is a DIY shrine to Michael Jackson on a random tree in Budapest outside one of his favourite hotels in the city atlasobscura.com/places/m…
There is a series of tunnels and shrines beneath the south pole. One such shrine contains a white sturgeon, which was gifted to American scientists by a Russian ship's crew. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
Strawberry Fanta can be found in many Thai shrines as an offering to the spirits thestrategicretreat.com/r…
In 1967, construction workers building the Mexico City metro system unearthed he only surviving remnant of a temple complex dedicated to the Aztec wind god EhΓ©catl. This mysterious ancient shrine is currently displayed at the bustling passageways of the Pino SuΓ‘rez Metro Station atlasobscura.com/places/p…
The Bohemian Club holds an annual party in the Bohemian Grove in which members surround a 40 foot Owl Shrine with the voice of Walter Cronkite for a secret ceremony. Every republican U.S. president since 1923 has been a member of club. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
The reason why the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan has so many red color gates is due to individuals and companies donating them. japan-guide.com/e/e3915.h…

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