Curse of the Golden Bell

Josh joins local divers in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar to search for the ancient cursed Great Bell of King Dhammazedi. To recover it, Josh dives into violent waters that have claimed the lives of several other divers.

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Welcome to Myanmar

Welcome to Myanmar

While in Myanmar searching for the Great Bell of King Dhammazedi, Josh takes in one of the many religious sites in Yangon. 960 1280

  

Temples of Bagan

Temples of Bagan

Located in central Myanmar, Bagan is home to more than 2,000 temples. From the ninth century to the 13th century, Bagan was the center of the kingdom of Pagan, the heart of the Pagan Empire. It is estimated that there were more than 10,000 temples here at the height of the kingdom. 960 1280

  

Mount Popa

Mount Popa

Mount Popa is known as the home of the “nats,” Myanmar’s own spirits, which are worshipped in conjunction with Buddhism. After walking up 777 steps to the monastery on the mountain, Josh is greeted by Mr. Swe, a knowledgeable local. He teaches Josh about the history of Mount Popa and the religious traditions. 960 1280

  

Last Chance to Shop

Last Chance to Shop

While in Bagan, Josh stops at a local market to do some quick shopping. 960 1280

  

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda is more than 2,500 years old and is the hub of Yangon. Considered to be the holiest shrine in Myanmar, it welcomes thousands of pilgrims each year. This is where Josh meets with businessman Chit San Win to discuss his involvement with the Dhammazedi bell. 960 1280

  

Exploring the Local Market

Exploring the Local Market

Josh explores the local market in the township of Dala and purchases gifts for the local divers as an offering of good faith. 960 1280

  

Yangon Wharf

Yangon Wharf

Josh meets Damien Lay at the Yangon wharf to prepare for their boating expedition.  Before gearing up, Damien lays out the dangers that lie underneath the water. 960 1280

  

Preparing to Dive

Preparing to Dive

Josh prepares to dive in the Yangon River as he searches for the missing Great Bell of Dhammazedi. 960 1280

  

Great Bell of Dhammazedi

Great Bell of Dhammazedi

Bells, such as this one and the Great Bell of Dhammazedi, are extremely prevalent in the Buddhist religion. The ringing of a bell is a ritual used to call worshippers to mindfulness. 960 1280

  

Nat Spirits at Mount Popa

Nat Spirits at Mount Popa

A look at some of the nat spirits at Mount Popa in Bagan, Myanmar. Nat spirits are like patron saints of Myanmar that cover almost every aspect of a person’s life. 960 1280

  

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