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Homes for the sacred

Pagodas are a unique form of architecture — these tall, tiered towers are expressions of Taoist or Buddhist worship, common in Nepal, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Myanmar, India and Sri Lanka. The elaborate modern pagoda style evolved from the East Asian Stupa—tomb-like structures where sacred relics were protected and venerated.

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Tianning Temple, Ancient China

Tianning Temple

White Horse Pagoda, Dunhuang, Ancient China

White Horse Pagoda, Dunhuang

384 CE
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Totem Poles, Structures

Totem Poles

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Dolmens, Structures


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