Perhaps you think that you live in a limited and monotonous community, where all people hold the same views and even dress the same. Then, as they say, better sit down
Perhaps you think that you live in a limited and monotonous community, where all people hold the same views and even dress the same. Then, as they say, better sit down. Your hometown can not be compared with some communities that have built their life around a single, and often very specific and strange thing
Sopsoh village looks like some vandals painted all houses with vulgar graffiti. Nothing of the kind — these penises, which can be seen on almost every wall, are actually sacred images. The village is located next to the Buddhist monastery Chimi Lhakhand, built by Drukpa Kunli (Buddhist teacher Mahamudra, a representative of the Bhutanese Buddhist school). According to the legend, he struck the demons with lightning strikes and decorated all the free surfaces with his divine phallus.
In an Egyptian village called Samaha, with a population of 303, only women live. This has nothing to do with religious beliefs. Rather, it is about the possibility for widows and divorced women to somehow establish their own lives. The state allocates 2.4 hectares of land to residents of the settlement, and also helps with agricultural machinery. In addition, they receive short-term loans and subsidized housing, for which they pay by installments.
Seda is a monastery the size of a city. Here is the world’s largest Buddhist academy. At first glance, this is exactly the place where Chris Tucker will study the art of kung fu in the new film “Rush Hour 4”. Seda Monastery was founded in the eighties in the Larung Gar area in Tibet, and since then thousands of houses with red roofs, small dormitories for monks and other believers have grown up around it.
Dafen is the world capital of picturesque fakes. This small Chinese village, located in the suburb of Bugi in the Longgang region, has gained worldwide fame due to the incredible number of copies of the masterpieces of world painting that are made here. It all began in 1989, when entrepreneur and artist Huang Jiang began to invite artists who faked famous works of art to his “innovative” enterprise. During its heyday in the village of Dafen, according to reporters, about 60 percent of illegal copies of paintings circulated on the world art market were produced. Today, about 5 thousand artists work here, for whom more than a thousand workshops have been built.
Residents of Lily Dale already know today that you are going to come there. In this tiny settlement in upstate New York, only two hundred people live, and they are all engaged in spiritualism and a wide variety of occult practices. They bend spoons, rotate tables and, of course, are constantly in contact with the dead. About a quarter of the population of Lily Dale are registered as mediums.
There is also a library with 12 thousand books on magic, sorcery and other similar topics. Every year, about 20 thousand people come to the village to attend rituals, spiritualistic sessions, as well as take several master classes from experienced mediums.
Residents of Cosmo Park live in the American dream: their houses are on the roof of a huge shopping center. 30 million people live in the Indonesian capital Jakarta and its environs, and the population density exceeds all conceivable limits. Therefore, Agung Podomoro Group built a 78-apartment complex directly on the roof of the 10-story Thamrin City Mall.
In the village of Bengkala on the island of Bali, a disproportionate number of residents are deaf from birth. In Balinese, Bengkalu is sometimes called Desa Kolok — the “village of the deaf” . Of the three thousand people living in this amazing village, about 4 percent from birth are hearing impaired, which is many times higher than average. So, for example, according to statistics, in the United States there are only 2-3 deaf people per thousand inhabitants. But here is one thing that cannot but delight: as a sign of solidarity, almost 60 percent of local residents have learned and constantly use sign language.
The Swiss town of Solothurn is simply obsessed with the number 11. In 1481, it became the 11th canton of the Swiss Confederation, and since then love for this number has acquired an avalanche-like character. Three staircases with 11 steps each lead to the Cathedral of St. Ursus, which was built over 11 years, reads three eleven-meter floors with 11 doors, and opposite the facade — two classic fountains, and from each beat exactly 11 jets.
The town has eleven just everywhere: 11 towers, 11 churches, 11 museums, 11 chapels and 11 fountains. But the main attraction of Solothurn, according to local residents and many tourists, is the clock with 11 divisions, which are driven by 11 gears, and in which a ringing sounds every hour, you guessed it, of course … 11 bells.
In Egypt there is a city that literally makes money out of garbage. About 60 thousand people live in a suburb of Cairo called Zabbalin (translated from Arabic — the city of garbage collectors). They earn a living by collecting and recycling the waste that they bring by truck from Cairo. According to eyewitnesses, all the sidewalks in this town, characterized by an unforgettable aroma, are constantly covered with mountains of garbage.
The Dagestan village of Tsovkra-1 gained worldwide fame thanks to an amazing feature: literally all of its inhabitants are tightrope walkers. According to romantic traditions, the beginning of this tradition was laid by a certain local youth who used a rope to make his way to date with his beloved, who lived on the opposite side of the mountain depression. Less glamorous sources, however, argue that the need to learn how to walk the rope of village residents: suspension bridges often failed, and life had to go on. Be that as it may, the fact remains: Tsovkra-1 gave the Soviet Union 11 world-class circus tightrope walkers.
All residents of the village of Bazule love to have fun … with crocodiles. They live, play and swim with hundreds of West African crocodiles. Since the 14th century, the inhabitants of Burkina Faso consider these reptiles sacred, since then everyone believed that they bring rain.
In the Japanese village of Nagoro, the number of dolls is 10 times the number of inhabitants. When the artist Ayano Tsukimi found out that the population of her native village was reduced to 35 people, she began to create dolls to make up for the demographic failure. Some of her works even resemble the inhabitants of the village. Obviously, it did not occur to her that perhaps her dolls were stopping new residents from moving to Nagoro.