Unusual Mouth Doorways
In China, as everything that entered a house (positive or negative) comes through the front door, they used to call it the "mouth house".
Feng Shui, a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment, was widely used to orient buildings not only by the Chinese, but also by Westerners. Some of the most important rules of feng shui are related with doorways, trying to deflect negative energy, and welcome good fortune and opportunities .
We can find entryways shaped like mouths in distinct cultures and countries. Temples, palaces, amusement parks, historic or modern buildings, can host a mouth as an entry. They can be both inviting and repulsive, but they capture our attention and curiosity towards what exists behind them.
I thought it was interesting to collect mouths that are used as entrance just because they are so cool and interesting. They can be the entrance into a fun space or into a religious or historic one. They are from all around the world and they reflect different cultures and beliefs.
The Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), Indonésia
The Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) complex at Bedulu village is just 2 km south east of Ubud on the main road to Gianyar. The centerpiece here is a cave dating back to the 11th century the entrance of which is an ornately carved demon's mouth.
Zuccari Palace, Rome
- Palazzo Zuccari
Palazzo Zuccari, a 16th century building in Rome, at the crossroads of via Sistina and via Gregoriana, on the Piazza Trinità dei Monti. It was built by Federico Zuccari, mannerist architect and painter, who purchase a plot of land on the newly laid
Park of the monsters near Rome, Italy
The Sacro Bosco ("Sacred Grove"), called Park of the Monsters (Parco dei Mostri in Italian), also named Garden of Bomarzo, is a Manieristic monumental complex located in Bomarzo, in the province of Viterbo, in northern Lazio, Italy.
Buddha Park, Laos
Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan (as well as other variations of the spelling), is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane, Laos in a meadow by the Mekong River. Although it is not a temple (Wat), the park may be referred
The Cabaret de l'Enfer, Paris
The Cabaret de l'Enfer (The Cabaret of the Inferno) was a Satanically themed club of La Belle Epoque, where drinkers gathered around a cauldron and were serenaded by "devil musicians."
It operated up 'til sometime around the middle of the 20th century and it is registered in photos.
Cave Like Snake Mouth, India
This is one of the caves in Udhayagiri fort (one of twin forts of Udhayagiri and Khandagir fort) in Bhubaneswar, India.
Forbidden Corner, England
The Forbidden Corner is a folly garden located in the Tupgill Park Estate, near Coverdale, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
It was built in the 1980s as a private pleasure garden.The garden was voted the best European folly of the 20th century.
Fengdu Ghost City, China
The Ghost City is situated on the well-known Ming Mountain in the northeast of the Fengdu County.
It is said that the Ghost City is where people checked in after their death.
La Scarzuola, Italy
In 1956 the convent founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1218, was bought and restored by milan architect Tomaso Buzzi (1900-1981) who, between 1958 and 1978, planned and erected his own city, a surreal and exoteric place.
Funny Mouth Entrances (pics)Click thumbnail to view full-size
- The Open-Wide World of 11 Mouth-Shaped Portals
- Strange entrances
- Northeast Florida mouth in the museum
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- Paris' Lost Cafe from Hell - Archpaper.com
Tucked away in in the bohemian enclave of Montmartre in Paris, Le Café de L’Enfer—the Cafe of Hell—welcomed all who dared pass through the mouth of a giant