Chinese mountain dwellers build castle commemorating local folk religion

Artist Song Peilun has spent 20 years building a stone castle deep in the mountains of southwest China that commemorates the local Nuo folk religion. The castle, erected with help from local stonemasons and craftsmen, features numerous totem poles and ferocious masks like those worn during the exorcistic rituals for which Nuo is known. To complete the breathtaking work, Song has given up the comforts of a city life and financial security. But the 76-year-old finds pleasure in his creation. “I don’t have a clear goal, no five- or 10-year plan,” he said. “As long as I live, this castle will grow.” Watch the video to find out more about ancient Chinese folk culture.

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