today i learned – fri 13th july 2018

over the time this blog has been going on, we’ve had some awesome japan facts 🙌🏻 this one … not so much 😅

#tdil the japanese used to bury people alive under buildings for good luck 😳

it was a practice called ‘hitobashira’ and it literally consisted of making a human sacrifice (by burying someone alive under or near a building) in order to stop the building being destroyed by natural disasters or enemy attacks 🙈

apparently it was mainly used for big buildings such as dams, castles or bridges … but i have also heard about it being used for normal houses 🏠

in my head, this is literally just a way to guarantee that your lovely new building is deffo 100% haunted 👻 which honestly isn’t my idea of the ideal new home 😂

whilst it obviously isn’t practiced anymore, it started back around 323ad and was a thing up until the 16th century! 😅

it’s a pretty scary sounding tradition (like, who enjoys being buried alive?) but, according to stories about the maruoka castle, it actually worked 😳.

the story says that one of the walls literally kept collapsing up until the point that they buried a poor one eyed lady under one of the castle pillars 😢 her only condition was that one of her children was made a samurai 😎

so yeah, not the nicest japan fact today … but still pretty interesting 👍🏻 the past was a weird weird time 🙈 … that said, today isn’t that much better 😂

catch you later! 😏 #tdil

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