Demon Temple


I look across a landscape composed of decayed prehistoric animals, turtles, dinosaurs and extinct sea monsters. Rather than being fossilised, flesh still hung from their bones in gory undulations that stretched off into the horizon. Discovered in China in this remarkable state, the whole area was now in the process of being turned into a theme park. 

Later, Iā€™m in an ancient temple architecturally similar to Angkor Watt but with hints of renaissance style. It is centred around an enormous, elaborate stone statue that depicts a human sacrifice. Bodies entwine and contort in emotive Bernini-esque tangles, with lovingly carved entrails torn from bodies by horrors someway between medieval demons and sea anemones. Sheets of rain lash against the structure as I go inside to try and find the gift shop, and eventually, the loo.