last month peter and i went up to madou in tainan county to the dai tien temple. the temple is quite large and features a giant dragon several stories high. you can enter into the dragon and experience heaven or hell. each will cost you 40 nt(a little over on u.s. dollar). of course hell was more interesting. it basically used sound effects and animatronic people and creatures to illustrate the 18 taoist hells. one featured a woman seated on the floor in front of a judge. a screen nearby showed images of her having sex with different people. once the images had finished screening the woman rocked back and forth wailing for forgiveness. of course i never saw any images of men getting in trouble for having sex with different people, so that must be ok.

to get to heaven you walked up stairs into the upper levels of the dragon(at one point you can go outside and take in the view of the temple grounds). for the most part heaven was pretty boring. people in stuffy clothes sitting around drinking tea or playing chess.

i created a flickr set for the shots i took of heaven and hell.

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