A Haitian Vodou pilgrim possessed by spirits bathes in the sacred mud pool on Thursday July 24, Saint James Day.

"Buddhist monks clean dust off of the 15-metre-high Great Buddha at the Todaiji Temple in Nara, Japan. About 100 Buddhist monks take part to brush away dust as a part of the preparation for the Buddhist festive period of ‘Bon,’ around August 15, when Japanese Buddhists honour and welcome the spirits of ancestors." (telegraph.co.uk) [submitted by geoohr)

shinji: the older years

Mummy found in the Atacama desert in Chile.