Kailashnath Temple

What’s most amazing about the Kailashnath Temple is that it’s carved out of one single rock. Carvers started at the top and excavated downward, exhuming the temple out of the existing rock. The traditional methods were rigidly followed by the master architect, which could not have been achieved by excavating from the front.” [via]



Interview with the Vampire (1994)


Natural History and pictures of reptiles:edited by HR Schinz; according to the nature and the most exquisite original research drawn and lithographed by KJ Brodtmann. on Flickr.

Publication info Schaffhausen: From Brodt man’s lithographic Art Institute, 1833.
BHL Collections:
Ernst Mayr Library of the MCZ, Harvard University


Artist on Tumblr

Lisa Adams | on Tumblr (Australia)

Lisa Adams creates images that are often unsettling, sometimes melancholy or by turns uplifting, but always affecting and richly atmospheric. The scale on which she works affords her involved and tightly realised paintings an intimacy that echoes the personal nature of her subject matter. Indeed, she explores grand emotions on a humble scale so that the very act of looking at her paintings is a revelatory and ultimately rewarding experience. Adam’s emblematic paintings hold the promise of divested secrets and play with constructions of language through the incorporation of witty titles. (src. QUT Art Museum Public Programs by Alison Kubler, Curator)

© All images courtesy of the artist

[more Lisa Adams | artist found at actegratuit]

"Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose."

Beetlejuice (1988)

B E A U T Y - dir. Rino Stefano Tagliafierro


Inside the cult of Maria Lionza

Espiritismo, the practice of communication with spirits through trance possession is found throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. In Venezuela, a mythological goddess figure of ancient indigenous legend is the focal point for gatherings within the jungles of Mt. Sorte. This religious movement, still regarded by many as a cult, reflects Venezuela ‘s own diverse, cultural history. It is a syncretic mix of the Spanish and Indian, as well as African traditions and beliefs. Theatrical healing ceremonies and colorful pageantry blend to bring forth a knowledge of the esoteric and the hidden life of the Spirit, whose teachings are passed down through spiritual caravans, the pilgrims who are known as the Marialionceras. Each caravan worships at the altar, the “court” of its chosen spirits and saints. From American Indians to African deities, Latin American liberators and Venezuelan folk heroes, even the court of the Vikings exists here. All of these, however, lay at the feet of the “Queen mother of Venezuela”
-Maria Lionza- the earth goddess whose beauty and abundant nature is the source of the mystical powers that are said to reside only on this sacred mountain. (

(Photographs by Nathan Anderson)


Kris Kuksi - The Throne of Lucifer (2004)


Kris Kuksi - The Throne of Lucifer (2004)


Neurothemis ramburii (female)/善變蜻蜓(雌) by Little Wang on Flickr.