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Temple of the Azure Cloud

Penang, Malaysia

Perhaps the only temple of its kind in the world. The temple is filled with the smoke of burning incense and PIT VIPERS!!!!! The VIPERS are believed to be rendered groggy and relatively harnless by the incense smoke. There are varying reports some that the snakes have also been de-venomed but still have their fangs intact, while other reports say they have not been modified whatsoever. Local devotees believe that the temple's snake population has come there of its own accord. The temple was built circa 1850 by a Buddhist monk. Legend has it that he gave shelter to the snakes of jungle.

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