Khazret Sultan: The Largest Mosque in Kazakhstan photos by Dmitry Chistoprudov

Located in the capital city of Astana, and opened to commemorate the 14th anniversary Astana’s switch to the country’s capital, the largest mosque in Central Asia is big enough to house 5,000 worshippers and covers 27 acres, roughly the size of 18 football fields. 

Photog: Website (via: English Russia)

Rapture by James Roper

Says James about the Rapture series: "This is explicitly symbolised in the Rapture series by the use of porn stars as the vehicle for the expression of this ‘spiritual’ emotion, the shedding of carnal bodies giving way to an abstract purity beneath. The idea of release from the material to the spiritual is apparent in many religions as if there were a divine soul trapped in our earthly bodies, this is analogous to contemporary imagery found in comic books specifically the way in which Clark Kent, a normal man, sheds his clothes to become a Superman". Prints available at inprnt.

Artist: Behance / Website / Tumblr

Mechanical Buddhists by Zang Zi Won

of Buddhist sculptures into the scifi realm, outfitting them with H.R. Giger-esque mechanical parts, their porcelain-doll faces reflecting the monk’s detachment from humanity in both spirit and now in physical form. Check out a clip of one of Zang’s mechanized sculptures below:

Artist: Website (via: Juxtapoz)

ChurchTanks by Kris Kuksi

People like to talk about how important the separation of church and state is, but nobody ever said anything about the separation of church and tanks. Probably an oversight they regret now. Kris’ mixed media constructs combine faith-based architecture with the dominating tread of military might, drawing obvious parallels between the two and paving the way for some badass G.I. Joe future vehicle sets.

Artist: Website (via: My Modern Met)

Seven Minimalist Sins by Alexey Malina

The concept of mortal sin is a corruption of the soul and in Alexey’s allusory series sin is expressed in the corrosion of the pure geometric form; a slight deformity that poisons the entire picture. You can purchase Lust (and only Lust because let’s be honest, that’s definitely the most desirable of all the sins) in a high quality giclee print over at the bigcartel.

Artist: Behance / Website / Flickr

The Transparent Church by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Located in Belgium, this eye-tricksing church seems to be missing a few parts, but a little more sleuthing reveals a 30 ton steel frame made of 2,000 intersecting columns so it’s both sturdy and see-through. I’m not sure exactly what kind of worshipping goes on here, but the open-air architecture seems to acknowledge our connection to nature, so I imagine there’s definitely some pagan booty-shaking goin’ down in this church.

Artist: Website (via: Lost at E Minor)

Trapped and Happy Meal by Kelly Gilleran

In “Trapped”, Kelly explores the concept of the Rube Golbergian Hand of God slowly manipulating minor events to ultimately enslave you, as depicted through the classic childhood board game Mousetrap, the unfortunate victims trapped in poses from classic religious art. And in “Happy Meal”, a friend of the artist dressed as Ronald McDonald force feeds fast food down the throat of an obese version of himself. Prints and other goodies available for purchase at Society6.

Artist: DeviantArt

Makha Bucha Day Celebration

At Dhammakaya Temple in the Pathum Thani province of Thailand, monks gathered to celebrate Makha Bucha Day by holding a candlelight procession called a wian tian (wian meaning circle and tian meaning candle), meant to commemorate two events during the Buddha’s lifetime that occurred on the same date, 45 years apart. The first was the ordainment of 1,250 monks who came from all over, and the second was the delivering of the Buddha’s teachings shortly before his death. Both events happened on the full moon of the third lunar month. The spiritual aims of the day are not to commit any kind of sins, do only good, and to purify one’s mind.

(photos: Rungroj Yongrit @ EPA  / via: NBC Photoblog)

The Mexican Super Priest

Every Sunday at the Ojo de Agua parish in Saltillo, Mexico, Father Humberto Alvarez dons a special chasuble, a special superhero robe decorated with images of Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man, and hoses down the mass with a holy water-firing squirt gun. I guess I don’t understand church very well because if someone had just told me when I was a kid that I could wear my Spidey undies and bring a toy gun, then I’d probably be Pope by now.

(via: Reuters/MexicoBuzzfeed)

Poetics of Harmony by Soh Jin Ping

Soh’s Poetics of Harmony is an artistic interpretation of the universal order of Taoist philosophy and the harmonious relations that connect the Tao and the “ten thousand things” that make up our reality. Divided between three books, each explains a different component of life as explained by Taoists: the first represents the Void and how Yin and Yang emerged from it, the second uses the Loshu grid to explain how forces exert control over one another, and the last explains the concept of triple unity through several unique papercuts.

Artist: Behance / Website

Star Wars in Medieval Manuscript by Chawakarn Kongprasert

Well, they did say it took place a long time ago, I’m just gonna assume that galaxy far, far away shared a similar artistic evolution. Which isn’t really a stretch, considering everyone in the Star Wars Verse seems to speak Standard English (though apparently illiterate). Chawakarn’s religious iconographical manuscripts depict the rise and fall of the monarch Vader and subsequent uprising (and rad wizard powers) of his offspring.

Artist: Behance / Tumblr / Facebook

The All-Purpose Virgin Mary by Soasig Chamaillard

For years now, Soasig has been the patron saint of holy Geekerie, repurposing statuettes of the Virgin Mary and returning her to the people, regardless of creed or fandom. To complete your very own basement shrine to obsessive pursuits, prints and books can be purchased at galerie-albane.

Artist: Website (via: If It’s Hip It’s Here)

The Miracle of Signs by Dimitris Polychroniadis

In his series “The Miracle of Fluo Colors”, Dimitris uses text from actual faith-sponsored billboard signs and recasts them as giant, surreal messages with no context, prompting the miniature denizens to ponder whether they’re legit signs from above or perverse cosmic practical jokes. Check out a few more pictures and details over at Dimitris’ behance. On a personal note: the “Hell is Real” quote is a very real billboard I used to pass on the I-71 in Ohio, just outside of Columbus and I could never believe that *it* was real.

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