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Religions and Myths of the World 

  • A scene from the ritual drama depicting the triumph of Horus over the god Seth in the form of a hippopotamus | Western side of the outer ambulatory in the Temple of Horus at Edfu, Egypt
  • A stone-carved Medusa head at the ancient Ionian sanctuary of Didyma, at the modern Didim, Turkey
  • Baie de Saint Maurice: Memorial to missionaries surrounded by carved totem poles
  • Colossal black granite statue of Horus as a falcon wearing the double crown of Egyptian kingship | In front of the hypostyle hall of the Temple of Horus in Edfu, Egypt
  • Indian ascetic, wandering monk [sadhu]
  • Joung Hindu boy during an initiation ritual in southern India
  • Kathakali dance at Cochin, India: The dance of the hero [Bhima]
  • Nandi, the sacred bull of god Shiva, inside a temple compound at Kanchipuram, India
  • Native man with scull demonstrating old custom of cannibalism on the island Efate, Vanuatu
  • Pilgrims take a bath in the Ganges at Varanasi [Benares], India, one of the most sacred places of Hinduism
  • Polynesian religion: Marae Arahuratu | A marae is a sacred place which served both religious and social purposes in Polynesian societies | Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • Polynesian religion: Moai satue of ancient Polynesian religion called Huri A Urenga | Moai are stone statues carved out of volcanic tuff found at a single site inside the extinct volcano Rano Raraku on Easter Island, Chile
  • Polynesian religion: Standing monolith of Marae Tauraa | Young chieftains used to become enthroned at this sacred place | Raiatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia
  • Polynesian religion: Stone carvings of the Birdman at the ceremonial center of Orongo, Easter Island, Chile
  • Polynesian religion: Stone circle near the ceremonial platform Ahu Hanga Te-e, Easter Island, Chile
  • Polynesian religion: View from the ceremonial center of Orongo to the islands Motu Iti and Moto Nui, Easter Island, Chile
  • Sadhu, an Indian ascetic, andering monk in Rajasthan
  • Shwedagon pagoda: A shrine for the Buddha in front of the Footprints of Buddha filled with water
  • Statues, masks and ritual objects of the highland tribes of papua New Guinea
  • Suva Cemetery on the island of Viti Levu, Fiji
  • Temple festival at the Dhamayazaka Pagoda at Bagan, Burma
  • The Pantheon in Rome, Italy, with its coffered, concrete dome, with a central opening [oculus], the Great Eye, open to the sky, built around 125 CE
  • The Süleymaniye Mosque, an Ottoman imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, Turkey
  • The famous and mysterious reliefs of light bulbs in a crypt in the temple of Hathor at Dendera, Egypt
  • Two wandering monks in India [sadhus] studying holy scripture

All pictures: © Elmar R. Gruber