Wednesday, January 22, 2014

On Indonesian temples

Well, we have almost the whole set there: Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists. Only Jews are missing.

The biggest of them all is Borobudur. Beautiful, though very, very crowded. I walked around on all 10 levels of Boddhisatva, so I should be liberated from samsara. Well, it's Mahayana ;-)

Then there is Prambanan, which is described as one of biggest Hindu temples in SE Asia. Well, whoever said this - for sure did not visit Angkor Wat. I would not say Prambanan was disappointing, but it surely did not live up to all the hype, as Hindu sacred sites rarely do it for me. In Malaysia I learned to not expect too much so I hardly ever get disappointed.

And then there is, of course, Balinese Hinduism with their characteristic folklore. Very interesting, though I still do not get Hinduism. Yet the sheer volume of the temples on Bali is impressive. Makes this a very nice place to visit, as you speed on the moped passing all the rice fields and gazillion temples there...

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