Necessity is in Lovina in Bali
Eva and Jan Fr. Mack
Wed 10 Sep 2008 00:09
After eleven days in the marina in Benoa, we have sailed around the island to the northern part of Bali.
Our stay in Bali has so far been an education in Hindu temples and culture. As normal we have been in luck. The Hindu holiday Honingan took place as we visited some of the major temples. Gunung Kawi is a temple from the 11th. century. It has been cut out of cliffs along a scenic river. It was no less scenic with dozens of women coming down the steep track which big offerings of fruits carried on the head. In the nearby temple of Tirta Empul thousands of devout went through a cleansing process in beautiful pools along the river. The river plays a role like the Ganges, but this one is much less likely to poison the visitors. It was a memorable spectacle.
But not as memorable as the visit to Borobudur and Prambanan near Yagyakara (by plane from Bali). Borobudur was built around 800AD, but was buried in ash from a nearby volcalo for hundreds of years until rediscovered by Raffles. It is a fantastic and huge Budist temple with thousands of tableaus and statues on 9 levels, the first six levels like a pyramid.
Prambanan was built 50 years later and consist of 1000 small and big Hindu temples in a cluster, the biggest an imposing 47 meters, again with imposing statues and ornamentations inside and outside. It was quite an experience.
Eva and Jan Fr.
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