Sunday, 25 March 2007

Pagoda In Heaven

Pagoda In Heaven

Over looking the ranges, there was this japanese looking pagoda again. I do not consider that it looks more like a chinese one due to its minimalist design. With a mist hanging over the ranges and the heavy grow of plants in the foreground, the pagoda really knows how to make itself stand out.

Pagodas attract lightning strikes because of their height. This tendency may have played a role in their perception as spiritually charged places. Many pagodas have a decorated finial at the top of the structure. The finial is designed in such a way as to have symbolic meaning within Buddhism; for example, it may include designs representing a lotus. The finial also functions as a lightning rod, and thus helps to both attract lightning and protect the pagoda from lightning damage.

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