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Pindaya Caves Buddhas in Shan State.

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The Burmese as well foreigners looking for luck or fortune leave their gilted bronze and alabaster Buddha images at Pindaya Caves.

The world around Bolilanga Island – Togian Islands

The Bolilanga Island – I would to recommend this island off the coast of Central Sulawesi for a vacation without hesitation.  However if you prefer to be in touch with somebody in the outside world – take with you a satellite phone.

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Doors leading to unlimited knowledge and atrial nirvana

Doors in a wat of Wiang Kum Kam lost city

Doors in a wat of Wiang Kum Kam lost city

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Wiang Kum Kam – a lost city in Chiang Mai

Wiang Kum Kam

Wiang Kum Kam

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Ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam was lost from historical records in 16th century.  The almost 900 years old city was rediscovered in 1984 near Ping river, 6 km from the Chiang Mai’s moat surrounding the tourist center.
You can visit the area dotted with  a few ruined temples in tuk tuk or hire a pony carriage at the front of main gate.

To become a prima ballerina in Thailand

Chiang Mai Ballet School

Tedious exercises at a ballet school in Chiang Mai.

Jumeaux

Twins

Les jumeaux d’un village des tribus montagnardes en Thaïlande du Nord.

Edward Snowden is a hero

” We are seeing an unprecedented campaign against whistleblowers and truth-tellers: it’s now criminal to expose the crimes of the state. Under this relentless assault by the Obama administration, I am the only person who has held them off and preserved his freedom. All the other whistleblowers I know have served time in jail, are facing jail or are already incarcerated or in prison.”

Thomas Andrew Drake ( by The Guardian )

Our hero

Our hero

” Since the government unchained itself from the constitution after 9/11, it has been eating our democracy alive from the inside out. There’s no room in a democracy for this kind of secrecy: it’s anathema to our form of a constitutional republic, which was born out of the struggle to free ourselves from the abuse of such powers, which led to the American revolution. ”

Thomas Andrew Drake ( by The Guardian )

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Modern military technologies used in surveillance and espionage against civilians are effective and oppressive.

Tau Tau effigies in Sulawesi

Toraja tau tau

Toraja tau tau

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The spirits of  dead Toraja nobles charmed in wooden statues guarding their graves hewn in a rock wall.

Master of sacred tattoo at work

Magic tattoo in progress

Magic tattoo in progress

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A prayer before tattooing a magic tattoo by monk

Yantra tatooing prayer

Yantra tatooing prayer

A Buddhist monk, Sak Yant master prays before tattooing a magic symbol on back of his devotee.