Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Horsing around in the Scottish Lowlands
Two horses rear their heads from the ground near Falkirk, Scotland to tower 30 meters into the sky. The giant sculptures are called Kelpies, after the shape-shifting water spirits from Celtic mythology that usually appear in the shape of a horse.
The ravages of time? A portal to another dimension? No – just the incredible work of street artist 1010, who is famed for his clever optical illusions on buildings that make flat surfaces look like cavernous holes.
Until they were banned in the 19th century, monks from the Buddhist Fuke sect wandered the streets of Japan playing gentle melodies on flutes and begging for alms. The sect died out 150 years ago, but their traditions are recreated for special occasions.
Mary Shelley’s novel about a man-made creature was published in 1818 and spawned countless stage and film adaptations. Renowned Gothic scholar Sir Christopher Frayling documents the evolution of this phenomenon in his new book.