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All-Seeing Eye image in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
All-Seeing Eye image in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
This All-Seeing Eye image framed in a triangle surrounded by sun rays and carved lotus blossoms is displayed in the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. The elaborate temple, located about 60 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, was constructed between 1933 and 1955....
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Arched doorways and walled entrance into Fukian Chinese assembly hall at Hoi An
Arched doorways and walled entrance into Fukian Chinese assembly hall at Hoi An
Three arched doorways enter the walled compound of the Fukian Chinese assembly hall at Hoi An. The ornamented brick gateway has step-tiered, green tile roofs decorated with carved dragons. A large four-legged ceremonial bronze urn is seen in front of the central...
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Balinese priest in white clothes blesses dancers before performance
Balinese priest in white clothes blesses dancers before performance
A Balinese priest in white clothes and headscarf stands in the center and disperses holy water from a glass to bless dancers seated in a circle before their night-time performance. The male dancers, dressed identically in black and white checked waistcloths,...
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Balinese priest in white clothes sprinkles holy water on kneeling women
Balinese priest in white clothes sprinkles holy water on kneeling women
A standing Balinese priest wearing white clothes and holding a silver bowl sprinkles holy water on kneeling women who hold out their cupped hands to receive the blessing. The women, who are formally dressed in long colorful sarong and sashes, many wearing...
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Balinese priest wearing black headdress and beads performs mantra
Balinese priest wearing black headdress and beads performs mantra
A Balinese priest wearing a black headdress and beads sits and performs a mantra, or meditative prayer using small hand gestures. At this Odalan temple festival, the priest will bless offerings and perform rites to symbolically purify the temple community....
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Balinese temple roof shows multi-tiered thatch construction
Balinese temple roof shows multi-tiered thatch construction
A Balinese temple roof shows their characteristic multi-tiered thatch construction. Coconut palm trees frame the background to the temple roofs. Most Balinese families belong to several different temples, which are associated with villages, sub-village neighborhoods,...
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Bas relief showing Hindu deities riding bull over doorway at Banteay Srei Temple
Bas relief showing Hindu deities riding bull over doorway at Banteay Srei Temple
This sandstone bas relief characterized by detailed floral scrolls shows a male and a (now headless) female Hindu deity riding a bull. A protective monster face (known as a "kala") appears below the bull. The carving appears over a doorway on the south annex...
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Bayon Temple tower wall with carved stone faces in profile at Angkor Thom
Bayon Temple tower wall with carved stone faces in profile at Angkor Thom
This view of Bayon Temple tower walls at Angkor Thom reveals two carved stone faces in profile. The one in foreground at left is covered with lichen and harder to discern from the surrounding stone walls. Such huge and serenely smiling faces are carved on...
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"Be saved from the jaws of an angry hell"
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 3.7
An 1831 letter from Thomas Whitmell Harriss to his sister, in which he begs her to accept Christ as her savior. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Benjamin Wadsworth on the duties of children to their parents
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.10
Excerpt from a book by an eighteenth-century Puritan minister about expectations for children's behavior and respect for their parents. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Billy Graham and civil rights
In Postwar North Carolina, page 4.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 3.9
An exchange of letters between the Reverend Billy Graham and President Dwight Eisenhower, March 1956, on the Church's role in civil rights. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Blessing at Tengboche Monastery
Blessing at Tengboche Monastery
Brightly colored banners hang on a wall behind the Rinpoche Lama in the Tengboche Monastery in Nepal. The Lama is seated with his legs crossed on a platform covered with a colorful cloth decorated with red and blue flowers. He is wearing the traditional dress...
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The booming twenties
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 6.1
A brief history of the United States in the 1920s.
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Broken stone doorway at Ta Prohm site at Angkor
Broken stone doorway at Ta Prohm site at Angkor
The massive left stone post of this doorway at Ta Prohm has broken and dropped to the ground. The top and right side of the stone door frame remain wedged in place, allowing people to pass through. Ta Prohm was built as a double-moated, royal monastery during...
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Buddhist monks on Marble Mountain
A visitor to Marble Mountain, near DaNang, might appreciate the serene atmosphere, the intriguing caves filled with Buddhist carvings, and a view of the city below. Buddhist monks live inside a temple at the base of the mountain. You can hear the Buddhist...
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Buddhist prayer and percussion
Part of a ten-day vegetarian festival. The monks initiate this meditation, or prayer, while making percussion noises. Worshipers join in. From my journal: On the way to Ani and Hans, a girl comes out and wants to take me to the temple. This is...
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Buddhist prayer to monks for blessing
This prayer was recorded in Trang, Thailand, a small town near the southeastern coast. The people of the town were gathered together to honor the monks in the town by giving them rice and other food. When food is given, a special prayer is said. This part...
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Bull figure in which corpse is stored burns at Brahman cremation
Bull figure in which corpse is stored burns at Brahman cremation
The hollow bull statue that encases the corpse and funerary offerings is burned as the final event of this 1986 funeral for a member of the Brahman caste. Flames rise above the black bull figure and the decorated funerary platform. This is the moment when...
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A camp meeting scene
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 3.3
Description of a typical camp meeting during the Second Great Awakening of the early nineteenth century, including preaching, conversion experiences, and the physical arrangement of the meetings.
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Cao Dai religious music
This music and singing was recorded during one of the regular Cao Dai religious ceremonies that occur four times daily. This temple in DaNang is the second largest after the headquarters which are located in Tay Ninh. Men enter the temple from the right, walk...
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