O-mikuji or Sacred Lots 1910s, Japan. O-mikuji (おみくじ) is a form of divination that relies on random chance to predict the answer to a question. Traditionally, a small box with a slot in one end is shaken until a bamboo stick falls out. The stick has a number that corresponds to a slip of paper on which the fortune is revealed. Text and image via Blue Ruin 1 on Flickr
Library hidden in a cave: A unique repository of ancient manuscripts known as The Library Cave is a hidden cache of 50,000 books and rolls that were deemed heretical during the eleventh century. Dating from 500 - 1002 AD, the texts have a strong Buddhist focus and are written on silk, paper, and hemp. The books and rolls were placed in a walled-off area of a cave complex and they did not see the light of day for 900 years, until the entrance was discovered in 1900.