The Temple of Heaven ~ Beijing, China
Oct 1 2001

The orb on top of this building was hit by lightening in 1889. Such a bad omen for the coming year had to have an explanation and after investigation one was found. Apparently a heretical caterpillar was about to reach the apex of the temple and incurred heavenly wrath. Several people were executed for allowing it to happen.

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nigel & julie snow