cyberpsychic

painted-bees:

Sak Yant or Yantra Tattooing are  believed to give the wearer magic powers associated with healing, luck, strength, and protection against evil.

You can get these here in thailand by a monk, they look beautiful but I’d never recommend it. Essentially, you’re making a pact with a spirit to protect you in exchange for sacrificing an activity or habit you may have previously enjoyed (the monk decides what this is, not you). These tattoos are contracts. 
 Breaking your side of the bargain may encourage the spirit to ‘punish’ you, and these contracts are not easily voided. 

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bookpatrol:

The Libraries of Chinguetti 

It was once known as seventh holy city of Islam. It was also called the “City of Libraries” and home to the cultural elite of West Africa. Now Chinguetti is in the process of being swallowed up in its entirety by the desert and will disappear in a few generations.

Less than ten libraries and thousands of rare books remain including important Islamic manuscripts on religion, science and literature.

I hope an army of conservators and preservationists are on their way.

More at Messy Nessy Chic: The Lost Desert Libraries of Chinguetti