Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Today's Strange Foreign Snapshot

From a Buddhist temple in Shanhaiguan, China, in 2001. Shanhaiguan is where the Great Wall of China meets the sea. And apparently, coughing is divine...

If you can't see it, the English reads: "Cough God Shrine: Disease was a menace to people's lives safety in the ancient times. because of bad medical condtion, the ancient people wanted to pray to the God for their safety. They worshipped the Cough God."

For some reason, I like to read it in that intonation of the "Law & Order" opening. What's next, a shrine to sneezing? An idol for idiots? Praise for pizza? Maybe absolution for annoying alliteration?