Most of the popular landmarks in the City of Ghosts (Fengdu) have names that reference the afterlife: “Last Glance at Home Tower,” “Nothing-to-be-Done Bridge,” “Ghost Torturing Pass.” Covering the sites are statues and other artistic depictions of ghosts and devils — terrifying works that represent what happens to those who haven’t lived good lives after their’s is taken from them. Is this the “Nothing-to-be-Done” bridge?
Is this for the burning of souls?
I haven’t figured out how to post pictures which, when clicked on, appear as a larger version in a separate tab. So you have to look closely to see that almost all of the people in this frieze are babies.
Not all aspects were morbid or obscure to Western eyes. Perhaps the third photo below is of the two men who fled their other lives and founded this site.
There were many painted scenes, sculptures and one horrific diorama of souls in hell that told of what happens to those who do stray from the path of goodness. This sculpture shows a dragon and a serpent (and moss).
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