Design-love, Nature-worship, Animism, Mysticism, Arches, Archaeology, Gnosticism
Reblogged from wanderthewood
Roman Marbled Glass Snake - Eastern Mediterranean or Italy, circa late 1st Century BC - early 1st Century AD
There were snakes in use in various oracle temples in ancient Greece and the early Roman Empire. The snake, in pre-Christian cultures, often represented eternal life, as the snake sheds its skins regularly, and keeps growing and surviving.
Reblogged from cabinet-de-curiosites
This serene glen, Kanmangafuchi, which in English goes by the forbidding name of the Kanman Abyss, is in Nikko, the temple town of the great shoguns. Tour buses roll up to Nikko’s dazzling shrines — Japan’s most lavish and elaborate — and re-enactors stage grand annual processions on its 400-year-old avenues. But Kanmangafuchi, a secondary attraction that doesn’t make it onto most day trippers’ agendas, is hidden and magical, a key to understanding why the shoguns built their monuments in this place and why Buddhist monks had put down roots hundreds of years earlier. Here, by the Daiya River, it was easy to feel the magnetism of the steep verdant hills, waterfalls, hot springs and volcanic mountains. Throw in a taste for the mystical, and Nikko would be a perfect place to seek enlightenment — or to enshrine yourself as a god. (full article)
Top photo: Kosuke Okahara for The New York TimesMiddle photo: Kosuke Okahara for The New York TimesBottom photo: Kosuke Okahara for The New York Times