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Human and Nature Magazine 人与自然 – A Feature on the Amazon Rainforest

A feature on the Amazon Rainforest from 人与自然 ‘Human and Nature’ Magazine published in China March 2012 Issue. Includes some of my photos, one with the visionary artist Pablo Amaringo showing his art. The feature is titled;

地球之肺中的 which means ‘The Wonderful world of the Lungs of the Earth’

The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo

Pablo Amaringo with Nukno Machashka

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Sky Pillar erected in Shaman Amusement Park in China

Sky Pillar erected at Shaman Park

It’s one of those days when I have a heavy cold, and my brain goes into neutral and I wander around the web looking at the weird and weirder stuff out there. This item made it into that category and it has a big plus of having a very sweet background story.  I inserted a couple of photos into the post so you can see this erection. The source of this item is from my cell phone network provider, so thanks to Orange for this news snippet.

Made of 6,500ft of straw wrapped around a steel structure, the giant phallus is a monster-sized 30 feet high and it stands on top of a 1,250-foot-tall Qinlong Hill. The erection, claimed to be the largest in the world is named Sky Pillar and has been built at Longwan Shaman Amusement Park in Changchun city.

“It is a totem of Shamanistic culture, which originated in this city,” says the president of the park, Cheng Weiguang. Legend says a Shaman hero named Ewenki vanquished a cruel female ruler and gave her a penis totem, telling her to respect males and not kill them at will. After this, the ruler set a penis totem on top of the hill”, reports East Asia Economic and Trade News.

Shi Lixue, director of the China Folk Culture Association, backed the project, saying: “It symbolizes our ancestors’ pursuit of happiness and prosperity.” And, although some tourists said they felt uncomfortable about the statue, others were unmoved.  “It’s just a pillar. I don’t care. It can be a symbol of the park,” said one mother who was visiting the park with her child.

The Ewenki:  “Known as the last hunting tribe of China, Ewenki people had lived of hunting and raising reindeer deep in the Greater Hingan Mountain for generations”-  Source: China Ethnic Groups. Located in the Heilongjiang Province in China, also in Russia

For those interested in reading about the Ewenki

View of the sky pillar

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