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Balinese leaf and flower offering basket on the ground
Balinese leaf and flower offering basket on the ground
Seen from above, a small, square offering basket contains red blossoms and shredded leaves. Several times each day, members of most Balinese families set out leaf and flower offering baskets on the ground near their homes and places of work. Most of these...
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Balinese priest in white clothes blesses dancers before performance
Balinese priest in white clothes blesses dancers before performance
A Balinese priest in white clothes and headscarf stands in the center and disperses holy water from a glass to bless dancers seated in a circle before their night-time performance. The male dancers, dressed identically in black and white checked waistcloths,...
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Balinese priest in white clothes sprinkles holy water on kneeling women
Balinese priest in white clothes sprinkles holy water on kneeling women
A standing Balinese priest wearing white clothes and holding a silver bowl sprinkles holy water on kneeling women who hold out their cupped hands to receive the blessing. The women, who are formally dressed in long colorful sarong and sashes, many wearing...
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Balinese priest wearing black headdress and beads performs mantra
Balinese priest wearing black headdress and beads performs mantra
A Balinese priest wearing a black headdress and beads sits and performs a mantra, or meditative prayer using small hand gestures. At this Odalan temple festival, the priest will bless offerings and perform rites to symbolically purify the temple community....
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Balinese temple roof shows multi-tiered thatch construction
Balinese temple roof shows multi-tiered thatch construction
A Balinese temple roof shows their characteristic multi-tiered thatch construction. Coconut palm trees frame the background to the temple roofs. Most Balinese families belong to several different temples, which are associated with villages, sub-village neighborhoods,...
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Balinese woman places offerings along path
Balinese woman places offerings along path
A Balinese woman wearing a long dark skirt with a bright pink sash crouches down to place spirit offerings along a stone walkway. The plaited basket she carries holds a set of prepared offerings made from flowers, leaves, and incense sticks.
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Bas relief showing Hindu deities riding bull over doorway at Banteay Srei Temple
Bas relief showing Hindu deities riding bull over doorway at Banteay Srei Temple
This sandstone bas relief characterized by detailed floral scrolls shows a male and a (now headless) female Hindu deity riding a bull. A protective monster face (known as a "kala") appears below the bull. The carving appears over a doorway on the south annex...
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Bayon Temple tower wall with carved stone faces in profile at Angkor Thom
Bayon Temple tower wall with carved stone faces in profile at Angkor Thom
This view of Bayon Temple tower walls at Angkor Thom reveals two carved stone faces in profile. The one in foreground at left is covered with lichen and harder to discern from the surrounding stone walls. Such huge and serenely smiling faces are carved on...
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A bridge of stone
In The Ramayana, page 4.8
A carved stone stele at Prambanan Temple shows monkeys helping Rama by bringing stones for the bridge he wants to build to Ravana's demon island of Lanka. Realistically portrayed, the naked monkeys in this carved bas relief walk together in line carrying rounded...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Broken stone doorway at Ta Prohm site at Angkor
Broken stone doorway at Ta Prohm site at Angkor
The massive left stone post of this doorway at Ta Prohm has broken and dropped to the ground. The top and right side of the stone door frame remain wedged in place, allowing people to pass through. Ta Prohm was built as a double-moated, royal monastery during...
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Cambodia: A timeline
Major events and eras in the history of what is now Cambodia from the beginning of the Common Era to the present.
Carved relief of four dancing female divinities with spiked crowns at Angkor Wat
Carved relief of four dancing female divinities with spiked crowns at Angkor  Wat
Four dancing female divinities with spiked crowns appear together on a carved stone bas-relief at Angkor Wat. These dancing female divinities (each called an "apsaras") are said to be created for the entertainment of the Hindu gods. They often are recognizable...
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Carved stone guardian face over entrance gate at Pura Kehen Temple, Bali
Carved stone guardian face over entrance gate at Pura Kehen Temple, Bali
A fanged face with large round eyes represents a temple guardian depicted above the stone entrance gate of Pura Kehen Temple in Bangli, Bali. The stone carving shows the fierce guardian's face and hands carved within a larger frame of floral scroll designs.
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Carved stone reliefs of Garuda supporting Elephant Terrace at Angkor Thom
Carved stone reliefs of Garuda supporting Elephant Terrace at Angkor Thom
Carved stone reliefs of Garuda, a Hindu mythical bird who transports the god Vishnu, appear to support the Elephant Terrace at Angkor Thom, literally the "Great City." This high stone platform now called the Elephant Terrace (because of its elephant carvings)...
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Cave 15 in Ellora, India
Cave 15 in Ellora, India
This is an aerial view of Cave 15 at Ellora, India. In the middle, there is a small temple building carved from rock, and on three sides, the rock cliffs from which the building was carved as well as part of another building, which has deteriorated greatly....
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Cave 16 in Ellora, India
Cave 16 in Ellora, India
This is cave 16 in the cave complex at Ellora, India. A temple made of stone towers over the viewer. The walls of the temple are punctuated with niches filled with statues. At the bottom of the wall, there is a frieze of elephants, some of which have been...
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Cham tower overgrown by vegetation south of Hai An
Cham tower overgrown by vegetation south of Hai An
A damaged brick and stone Cham tower stands overgrown by vegetation in a rural area south of Hai An. Tall arched forms are characteristic of these monuments built by ethnic Chams between the seventh and twelfth century A.D. Maritime trade between India and...
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Cham tower seen through an archway in Po Nagar complex at Nha Trang
Cham tower seen through an archway in Po Nagar complex at Nha Trang
A Cham tower with ascending smaller levels and rounded corner towers is seen through an archway in the Po Nagar complex at Nha Trang. Tall arched forms are characteristic of these monuments built of brick and stone by ethnic Chams between the seventh and twelfth...
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Cham tower with repair scaffolding in Po Nagar complex at Nha Trang
Cham tower with repair scaffolding in Po Nagar complex at Nha Trang
Scaffolds allowing workers to climb and make repairs are seen at the right and left sides of one of the main Cham towers in the Po Nagar complex at Nha Trang. Tall arched forms are characteristic of these monuments built of brick and stone by ethnic Chams...
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Close-up of water spouts at the temple in Muktinath, Nepal
Close-up of water spouts at the temple in Muktinath, Nepal
Three stone water-spouts at the temple in Muktinath, Nepal. The spouts are carved to portray three different bulls. Pilgrims go to Muktinath to take ablutions under these spouts. Ablutions here are believed to cleanse one's sins on earth. Pilgrims also go...
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