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Time Piece

A look at everyday objects from the past

DEFENDED BY A DEMON

The medieval Koreans were a superstitious bunch

The unification of Korea during the 7th century AD led to a blossoming culture based around Buddhism. Protection from evil spirits was important and so ‘demon tiles’ were placed on homes, palaces and temples. Their terrifying beast masks were believed to be guardians that would protect the buildings they were on. The beasts, typically depicted with bulging eyes and flared nostrils, were known as ‘Kwimyon’. This example was found at Malbang Temple in South Korea.

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In this month's issue… Hitler's rise to power How a failed painter on the fringes of local politics managed to hoodwink a nation and become - against all likelihood - the Fürher. Plus: 250 years of the circus; the Kingmaker's comeuppance in the War of the Roses battle of Barnet; famous folk who died broke in spite of their achievements; women who fought against the suffragette movement; and the strangely enthralling history of the toilet. Watch out for X.