There was a frightening face on the wall of a Hindu temple in Ubud. It must be a Hindu god. I think it is protecting the temple grounds with its terrifying face. Indonesia is the country with the largest number of Muslims in the world, but Bali is the only exception with a large Hindu population. That's why there are many idols here and there in Ubud, which is forbidden in Islam.
The same is true for Buddhist temples in Japan, Hindu temples in Nepal, and Hindu temples here in Bali, where scary and strong-looking idols are placed at the entrance of temples to prevent evil from entering the premises. If you take it for granted that idols are placed at the entrance of religious places, you may wonder why there are none at the entrance of monotheistic religious facilities such as Christianity and Islam. In some European churches, there are gargoyles, but they are not meant to protect the church.
In the first place, the gods enshrined in temples are supposed to be beyond human understanding. It is a little strange that there is a separate entity that protects the god. Does this mean that even if the god can surpass human knowledge, it is no match for evil? Or is it obvious that if they fought, they would win, but it's too much trouble, so they just delegate it to other beings?
|Sep 2009 INDONESIA STILL LIFE|
|DEITY FACE RUGGED FEATURES SCULPTURE UBUD|
September 25, 2009
January 13, 2022
Still Life Photography
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