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Title: Buddhists’ Disneyland” the Pure Land Cave is the trippiest place on earth
Post by: Dharmakara on August 04, 2015, 07:21:45 pm
In Kaohsiung, Taiwan, there stands a massive Buddhist complex set up by the half-century-old sect Fo Guang Shan. It is a sprawling 30 hectares (74 acres) and contains the nation’s largest monastery, a 36-meter (132 foot) tall Buddha statue, as well as an enormous Buddha Memorial Center in the shape of a pyramid.

However, for our correspondent Kowloon Kurosawa the real action could be found in the Pure Land Cave. It’s an attraction rumored to have been patterned after Disney’s It’s a Small World ride. However, as we’ll soon see, Buddhism is not so much a “small” world as it is a creepy and psychedelic one.

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http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/08/04/buddhists-disneyland-the-pure-land-cave-is-the-trippiest-place-on-earth/ (http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/08/04/buddhists-disneyland-the-pure-land-cave-is-the-trippiest-place-on-earth/)
Title: Re: Buddhists’ Disneyland” the Pure Land Cave is the trippiest place on earth
Post by: moonbeam on August 04, 2015, 07:40:24 pm
It kind of reminds me of two small theme parks I used to go to when I was a child. One of them had the style of statues this place had, but if it was all fairy tale stuff. It would be nice to visit this place.
Title: Re: Buddhists’ Disneyland” the Pure Land Cave is the trippiest place on earth
Post by: MissGrape on August 05, 2015, 06:45:26 pm
I don't think it's creepy like the author of the article seemed to - I would love to go there.  ;D
Title: Re: Buddhists’ Disneyland” the Pure Land Cave is the trippiest place on earth
Post by: Dharmakara on August 05, 2015, 08:28:49 pm
Some people will find the human sculptures quite creepy, even display phobia responses ranging from slight discomfort to out-right revulsion --- it's kind of like an "Uncanny Valley" response:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-uncanny-valley-human-look-alikes-put-us-on-edge/ (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-uncanny-valley-human-look-alikes-put-us-on-edge/)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley)
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