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madmouth commented on the word temple violation
there is an annual 'festival' held at the central city temple, which concludes with a 'musical performance'. this year it featured--among other truly inappropriate acts--a diabolical 80s wash-up outfitted like Hedwig doing Magica DeSpell, whose backing vocals sounded (due to amp issues or something) like an emergence from the abyss.
Buddha statues have that subtle facial expression that can shift according to circumstance. and indeed, the giant Jijeng Bosal, who had the misfortune of having the stage set up next to him, went through a range of emotions that night, including "heaven give me patience" (the chanteuse belting out Fly Me to the Moon as if it were a Celine Dion ballad), "zzzz" (tepid hegum and bass guitar duo making Arirang even more boring than it is), "are you kidding?!" (the karaoke monk subsumed beneath dry ice) and "ahh...silence".
modern religion is bewildering.
August 10, 2009