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Outrage Grows in India as Temple Stampede Toll Hits 115
Offbeat  (tags: asia, India, temple, stampede, deaths, sad, police )

- 1289 days ago -
RATANGARH - Outrage mounted in India Monday after at least 115 devotees were crushed to death or drowned near a Hindu temple, the site of another deadly stampede only seven years ago.
Men Reach for Sacred Wood at 'Naked Festival'
Offbeat  (tags: humor, odd, culture, festival, Okayama, Japan, naked, fundoshi, sacred, temple, Seidaiji Templeunusual )

- 2256 days ago -
About 9,000 men dressed in nothing but white "fundoshi" (loin cloths) gathered Saturday in the city of Okayama for an offbeat competition to chase after two sacred sticks thrown by a monk.
Temple Turns to 'Anime' to Lure the Young
Offbeat  (tags: temple, Japan, Tokyo, attract visitors, anime characters, maid cafe, geek, Buddhism, Akiba-style, Akihabara, culture )

- 2313 days ago -
Rhohoji in Tokyo's western suburb of Hachioju was just another temple that few passersby bothered to enter until it came up with the novel idea of using "anime" characters to attract visitors.
India: 'Raja' - The Little Stray Who Was Adopted and Changed the World for His Adoptive Family - A Wonderful Story of Hope.
Offbeat  (tags: stray little dog, adoptive family, hope, love, bonding, temple, memoriam )

- 2426 days ago -
There are temples and temples -- some for idols, and some for matinee idols in today's hero-worshipping times. But for a pet mongrel? Chandrashekharaia Kulkarni, 58, did just that -- he built a temple for a dog who he believes had divine powers
Thailand: Monk Arrested Selling Cats Dressed as Tigers
Offbeat  (tags: monks, thailand, selling cat skins, dogs skins, confiscated skins, temple, tigers, arrested )

- 2619 days ago -
Thai police have confiscated approximately 200 animal skins from a temple in Thailand's North Eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima. The abbot had been skinning the animals, believed to be mainly domestic cats and dogs, before dying them to resemble that
A Winter's Tale of Time-Warp Takayama
Offbeat  (tags: Takayama, Japan, winter, beauty, tourist spots, different, Hida range, ryokan - Japanese style inn, temple, timber, crafts, sake )

- 2628 days ago -
After a while you tire of the easy destinations - the usual spots with their inevitable touristic clutter. So you decide on somewhat different - somewhere that's far from the madding crowds and far, too, from the yet madding megaphone-toting tour guides.
The Golden Triangle
Offbeat  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, tigers, wildlife, temple, environment, endangered, extinction, habitat, protection, wildlife, wildanimals )

- 2656 days ago -
I have been attracted to tigers as well as other big cats and the small domestic variety since childhood. When I learned about the Tiger Kingdom, near Chiang Mai, from a friend who e-mailed me photos of people posing with these beautiful creatures,
Buddhist Temple Built Out of One Million Beer Bottles
Offbeat  (tags: religion, buddhist, temple, beer, recycle, environment )

- 2987 days ago -
A temple has been built by monks in northeast Thailand who used over a million recycled beer bottles to make the walls and roof.

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