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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

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50 Most Beautiful Flowers In The World

Lotus Blossom: Lotus flowers are popular in both Eastern and Western cultures for their effectiveness against fever, diarrhea and also more serious illnesses such as cholera and bronchitis. A syrup made from the flower provides much relief for bad coughs.

The prayer flag tradition is ancient, dating back thousands of years in India and to the shamanistic Bon tradition of pre-Buddhist Tibet.

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As they climbed further into the mountains, she saw little coloured flags tied to sticks, anchored by stones or wrapped around rocky outcrops. Berit said they were prayers...

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