Sovereignty: Wulai, Taiwan

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Alisa Mappes ©

Up, up, up. Our suspended car, supported by thin cables, climbed from the bottom of a waterfall to the top at mystical Wulai, Taiwan. A few times I looked down, which was a mistake, but mostly I was joyful arriving as sultans of our new little dominion.

“And should the servant ascend to even loftier heights quit this mortal world of dust, and seek to ascend unto the celestial abode, he will then pass from this city into the City of Absolute Nothingness, that is, of dying to self and living in God.” Baha’u’llah, Gems of Divine Mysteries.

Alisa is an Executive Assistant for the Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Baha’i, she serves her local community through hosting artistic prayer devotionals and thoughtful dialogues centered around the needs of the current times. She prefers to shoot still scenes that invoke feeling, and her favorite living thing to photograph is children.