Historic South Korean trifecta

Historic South Korean trifectaSeoul, South Korea's capital, has some 10 million citizens and at least as many smart phones, tablets and iGizmos. After several days amid its hyperactivity and hyperconnectivity - not to mention palaces, museums and restaurants - you might hanker for a short escape. Consider this trio - semi-tropical Jeju Island, historic Gyeongju and the borderline follies of Panmunjom.

Soap Star James Scott Quits -Days of our Lives-After Taking Hallucinogenics in Peru

Soap Star James Scott Quits -Days of our Lives-After Taking Hallucinogenics in PeruHilarious and like something from what could be a sequel to “SoapDish”: James Scott, who’s the popular, young, British leading man/villain of “Days of Our Lives” has quit the soap after eight years. NBC must be wondering what the heck is going on. Is this a contract negotiation?
What happened? Earlier this spring, Scott went to Peru, hung out with shamans, and smoked hallucinogenics. He revealed this in an interview in which he also called obsessed soap fans “fucking idiots.” Cue “Bungle in the Jungle”:

Demonic possession: Man dies as exorcism attempt goes up in smoke

Demonic possession: Man dies as exorcism attempt goes up in smoke“It was just bad luck.” Baba Ijaz Bengali casually dismissed the death of a man who was brought to him to have his demons exorcised.
The ‘cure’ that involved making the person inhale smoke from a pot as the baba recited verses and moved an amulet ended up taking Muhammad Ghani’s life after he inhaled too much smoke. The incident has landed Ijaz in the lockup with murder charges.

China's Mountain Shamans Losing Magic Due to Migration

ChinaA Chinese shaman resplendent in a dark suit and green cloth hat thumbed yellowing pages said to predict the future -- but mass migration to cities means the prospects for his own profession look bleak.
"To see a spirit, you have to practise the ancient rituals," said Zhao Fucheng, 74, who claims he communicates with the spirit world from his wooden hut in southwestern Guangxi province.

Pandit Peer

Pandit PeerKaloosa in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district is relatively quiet contrary to the main buzzing bazaar. At the fringe of the locality—planted with leafless walnut trees, scores of desolated Pandit houses make their palpable presence. Many of these Pandit abodes in Ahangar Mohalla have been weathered down into rubbles over the period of time. But one house is still bursting with life, laughter and love. The house belongs to Moti Lal Bhat, 80, a pandit faith-healer.