Fengdu Ghosts

In the previous post I introduced the ‘normal’ parts of Fengdu. You can read a bit more background on the Ghost City here and here.

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?

The tour guide told us that if married couples walked across the bridge holding hands, their marriage would last a long long time.

The tour guide told us that if married couples walked across the bridge holding hands, their marriage would last a long long time.

Is this for the burning of souls?

A heater? An incense burner?

A heater? An incense burner?

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.

All I remember is that this was about praying for the souls of dead babies.

All I remember is that this was about praying for the souls of dead 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.

A happy buddha like figure.

A happy Buddha.

....and some of his revered friends....

….and some of his revered friends….

Some of the "good' guys.

Some of the “good’ guys.

Again, I have no idea who this is, but I loved the hanging orange panels.

Again, I have no idea who this is, but I loved the hanging orange panels.

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).

Detail in the middle of a set of stairs.

Detail in the middle of a set of stairs.

Scenes like this abounded in the details.

Scenes like this abounded in the details.

Next post: Still Fengdu – but ‘street’ photography.

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One comment on “Fengdu Ghosts

  1. Denis says:

    Your post have been a pleasure to look at and read Joan, a really great job. Denis

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