The Healing Pillar In Nara

Squeezing into the hole at the bottom of the massive ‘healing’ pillar in the Daibutsuden of the Todaiji Temple is said to guarantee your place in Heaven. I didn’t dare risk being stuck in limbo!

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Virility On Tap!

These should have been in my superstition gallery. And certainly not under the harmless old wives tale category, considering the number of creatures that have had to give up their lives for someone’s imagined increase in libido. R was informed by our boatman, that the contents of one of the jars was elephant penis! Not […]

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What’s Your Superstition?

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Watching Rafael Nadal’s pre point wedgie picking the other day, and his obsessive alignment of water bottles, stirred memories of the irrational superstitions that I grew up with. They were mostly harmless. Perhaps nicer ways of getting children to comply with the norms of safety and propriety of the time, as compared to my daughter’s […]

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