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Human Pillars. 
Tales of “human pillars” (hitobashira) — people who were deliberately buried alive inside large-scale construction projects — have circulated in Japan since ancient times. Most often associated with castles, levees and bridges, these old legends are based on ancient beliefs that a more stable and durable structure could be achieved by sealing people inside the walls or foundation as an offering to the gods
One of the most famous tales of construction-related human sacrifice is associated with Matsue castle (Shimane prefecture), which was originally built in the 17th century. According to local legend, the stone wall of the central tower collapsed on multiple occasions during construction. Convinced that a human pillar would stabilize the structure, the builders decided to look for a suitable person at the local Bon festival. From the crowd, they selected a beautiful young maiden who demonstrated superb Bon dancing skills. After whisking her away from the festival and sealing her in the wall, the builders were able to complete the castle without incident.
However, the maiden’s restless spirit came to haunt the castle after it was completed. According to folkloristLafcadio Hearn, who described the castle’s curse in his 1894 work “Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan,” the entire structure would shake anytime a girl danced in the streets of Matsue, so a law had to be passed to prohibit public dancing.
Although there is no conclusive evidence indicating that construction-related human sacrifice was actually practiced in Japan, it has been suggested that some laborers may, on occasion, have been terminated as a security measure after working on castles. Doing so would have prevented knowledge of a castle’s secrets and weaknesses from falling into enemy hands.
Other notable structures rumored to make use of human pillars include:
- Gujo-Hachiman castle (Gifu prefecture)- Nagahama castle (Shiga prefecture)- Maruoka castle (Fukui prefecture)- Ozu castle (Ehime prefecture)- Komine castle (Fukushima prefecture)- Itsukushima shrine (Hiroshima prefecture)- Fukushima bridge (Tokushima prefecture)- Kintaikyou bridge (Yamaguchi prefecture)- Hattori-Oike reservoir (Hiroshima prefecture)- Imogawa irrigation channel (Nagano prefecture)- Karigane embankment (Shizuoka prefecture)- Manda levee (Osaka prefecture)
Modern-day versions of these old legends can also be found on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. Human bones have been found around several bridges and tunnels, lending an air of credibility to rumors that workers were sacrificed during construction.

interestingatleast:

Human Pillars. 

Tales of “human pillars” (hitobashira) — people who were deliberately buried alive inside large-scale construction projects — have circulated in Japan since ancient times. Most often associated with castles, levees and bridges, these old legends are based on ancient beliefs that a more stable and durable structure could be achieved by sealing people inside the walls or foundation as an offering to the gods

One of the most famous tales of construction-related human sacrifice is associated with Matsue castle (Shimane prefecture), which was originally built in the 17th century. According to local legend, the stone wall of the central tower collapsed on multiple occasions during construction. Convinced that a human pillar would stabilize the structure, the builders decided to look for a suitable person at the local Bon festival. From the crowd, they selected a beautiful young maiden who demonstrated superb Bon dancing skills. After whisking her away from the festival and sealing her in the wall, the builders were able to complete the castle without incident.

However, the maiden’s restless spirit came to haunt the castle after it was completed. According to folkloristLafcadio Hearn, who described the castle’s curse in his 1894 work “Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan,” the entire structure would shake anytime a girl danced in the streets of Matsue, so a law had to be passed to prohibit public dancing.

Although there is no conclusive evidence indicating that construction-related human sacrifice was actually practiced in Japan, it has been suggested that some laborers may, on occasion, have been terminated as a security measure after working on castles. Doing so would have prevented knowledge of a castle’s secrets and weaknesses from falling into enemy hands.

Other notable structures rumored to make use of human pillars include:

- Gujo-Hachiman castle (Gifu prefecture)
- Nagahama castle (Shiga prefecture)
- Maruoka castle (Fukui prefecture)
- Ozu castle (Ehime prefecture)
- Komine castle (Fukushima prefecture)
- Itsukushima shrine (Hiroshima prefecture)
- Fukushima bridge (Tokushima prefecture)
- Kintaikyou bridge (Yamaguchi prefecture)
- Hattori-Oike reservoir (Hiroshima prefecture)
- Imogawa irrigation channel (Nagano prefecture)
- Karigane embankment (Shizuoka prefecture)
- Manda levee (Osaka prefecture)

Modern-day versions of these old legends can also be found on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. Human bones have been found around several bridges and tunnels, lending an air of credibility to rumors that workers were sacrificed during construction.

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Tags: folklore

foreverelsa:

ging-ler:

frozenmusings:

if-only-someone-loved-you:

thatdisneylover:

enchantedfuture:

productiveslacker:

mothpaw:

uh

I KNEW IT WAS COMING

This is it. This is the post that killed me. Fairwell cruel world.

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I TRIED TO PREPARE MYSELF.  I FAILED.

IM FuKcIN CRYIN

I HEARD THE MUSIC START AND I KNEW IT I FUCKING KNEW IT

OMG I remember this

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they all look the same except the hair wtf

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anothercleverjedimindtrick:

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postwhitesociety:

highvoodoopussypope:

cuppycakeermk:

this moment was so sad.

black girls are human beings

man i used to really not like her. tumblr showed me the way

I felt that last comment

black girls are vulnerable. we have feelings. we dont always care what others think, but what they say can have an affect on us. no one wants to let us live. i can only imagine if my words were on a scale as large as hers, how difficult it would be.

I used to feel the same way about her, too.

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onegreenplanet:

10 Phenomenal Reasons to Love Pigs

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7 Secret for Maintaining your Motivation

onlinecounsellingcollege:

1. Grasp that it’s YOUR life, and no-one else’s life.
2. Decide to “live on purpose”.
3. Recognise that achievement has a price tag attached to it – and decide you’ll pay that price.
4. Work on constantly maintaining your focus.
5. Chose a skill or a field and become competent, or an expert, in that area.
6. Find other people who will hold you to your goals – and will believe in, and encourage you, to strive to reach your dreams.
7. Consciously notice the progress you are making, and remind yourself “it’s worth it” as you’re further on the path.

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neon-squiggles:

donechesters:

pete860:

holy shit

#people underestimate how scary as fuck Pokemon would be if it were a movie not a children’s cartoon

I haven’t agreed with a tag more

Tags: pokemon fandom

Christina Aguilera Presenting Best Male Video (VMA 2002)

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Tags: xtina idol

how others respond to seeing my box of daily meds….

talesofazebra:

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It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all. In which case, you fail by default.

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Tags: hp fandom

"Sometimes I feel like I’m not solid. I’m hollow. There’s nothing behind my eyes. I’m a negative of a person. All I want is blackness, blackness and silence."

Sylvia Plath  (via psych-facts)

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geminiio:

i need ferguson to go down in history books. i need school children in the year 2074 to learn about michael brown being shot on august 9th, 2014 by officer darren wilson. i need this to spark a movement. this can not lose the focus of society a mere month after it happened. 

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hyperb0rean:

L’Innocence (detail)William-Adolphe Bouguereau

hyperb0rean:

L’Innocence (detail)
William-Adolphe 
Bouguereau

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Tags: art humanities