Chinese Hell 中国地狱/ A photo Video of Buddhist Hell from Chinese temples

Chinese Hell 中国地狱 / A photo Video of Buddhist Hell from Chinese temples

This video is not going to be everybody’s cup of tea. The pictures show violence, mutilation, dismembering, and torture. This is the Buddhist Hell; not a pleasant place to spend the rest of your days. The photos were taken in various temples around China, Tibetan areas in China, and in the Dai Minority area of Xishuangbanna.

I must admit that I find the images mesmerizing. Maybe it is some morbid fascination that I have. Or maybe it is because they are so different to what we see in Europe.  All I know is that when I enter a temple with these images I can’t stop snapping.

One of the things that sticks in my mind the most is the young monks in the Octagonal Pavillion in Jingzhen, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province, happily laughing and smiling while painting these grisly images.

The music is by the Chinese punk band Underbaby 地下婴儿and the song is called Everything is the same 都一样。Here is the link:

Author: Adam

My name is Adam. I have a degree in Chinese History from SOAS and a masters in International Politics focused on China from the same university. I have travelled around China 9 times and since 2000 I have travelled every year for two months. I guess I kind of like the place!

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