Friday, February 06, 2009

Carved Stone

Compared to the temples at Angkor, the ones in Indonesia are practically undiscovered. It was surprising more people weren't exploring them, especially because the temples are so well preserved - again unlike Angkor which, lovely as the temples there are, are mostly ruins. The most amazingly striking thing at Borobudur, Prambanan and the other surrounding temples and shrines were the brilliant carvings that decorated the monuments. The carvings - the stories from the life of Buddha, from the Ramayana and of the Trimurti - Bramha, Vishnu, Mahesh - seemed almost as if someone had chiseled them in yesterday. It is truly amazing that these temples had survived the attacks of nature in Java - earthquakes, volcanoes, what have you - to still be standing and completely awe inspiring at that.




6 comments:

km said...

Great stuff. More pics (and text) please!

Roxana said...

yes, I totally agree with km :-)

Qalandar said...

Let me "third" these comments. These are excellent pictures. Also found the strange, moody pictures in your "Horses" post very affecting...

Szerelem said...

km, roxana: thanks - Still have lots of photos to put up but my lazineed keeps kicking in ;)

thanks, Qlandar. I have been an avid reader of your blog for eons now, so kind words from you mean a lot.

Tazeen said...

great pics

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