At the Beijing Dongyue Temple, you can visit the various "departments" of the Daoist supernatural realm, where terrifying spirits and demonic government officials dwell. Let's meet some of the temple's stranger denizens.
The blog Asia Obscura recently visited the temple (which was founded in 1319) and photographed some underworld bureaucrats from 76 separate departments.
Several of these departments feature rather frightening netherworld employees doling out nasty punishments. Above is a scene from the "Headquarters for Controlling the Punishment." I can only guess what crime justifies having one's tongue stretched out until it's the size of a kielbasa.
Here's the Aquatic Animals Department, which governs those who swim.