Image: via What’s On Xiamen
Man being carried with spears in neck and chest
One man hauls up two ropes and hooks them under either arm as suddenly their tautness threatens to split him in two. Harnessed to the other end of each rope is an ox, a pair of beasts pulling with all their weight and power in opposite directions. Grimacing, the man in the middle of this struggles to keep his limbs, let alone his balance, and yet he stays centred like a rock. The man is a Shaolin Warrior Monk, and tasks like these are de riguer – part of the brutal daily training through which he will achieve not only formidable strength and resilience but physical, mental and spiritual harmony.