|This is Pigsy (Zhu Bajie) is one of several mythological characters that populate Haw Par villa in Singapore|
Being of Buddhist origin, the stories depicted at Haw Par are mostly children's stories and fairy tales from various teachings. It also has a chamber of horrors called the Ten Courts of Hell (which features a warning at the gate that children have to be accompanied by an adult) depicting the fate of anyone that commits various sins. Like the temple in Sri Lanka, sinners' fates usually end up in some form of dismemberment, stabbing, burning or drowning (the latter in a wok of hot oil). I thought it more gruesome than Wewurukannala. Here are a few HDR and Grungtastic'd shots that I found particularly illustrative...
|Just after the warning that kiddies should not go in without an adult,
you see a group of heads stuck onto the (fake) rocks in the garden. |
Very crude but still quite unnerving. HDR brings out the best textures...
|Two seemingly drug-addled pandas|
|Don't feed the bears. |
Moral of the tale of two boys lost in the woods is "A real friend won;t leave you in the lurch...".
|Knife in the head|
Moral of this story is, I think, three Panadol are better than two.
|A rat emergency|
Paramedic rats take a seriously gnawed case to ratty hospital.
|One of the denizens of the underworld there to deal with moral miscreants|
|One of the less threatening statues at Haw Par Villa|
|My favourite: gluttony, punished with a quick stake through the gut.|