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Monochrome Monday: Balinese Swastika

I took this swastika picture from the wall of Balinese Hindu Temple, Goa Lawah Temple. The Temple is famous for its Bat Cave. I was told by a Balinese guard of the Temple that it was built in 1007.

Swastika is a familiar symbol in Europe that represents the dark side of the genocide in the World War Two. Many perhaps do not realize that this symbol has been existed hundreds years before the World War Two as belief symbol to some ethnic groups in Asia. In Bali (Indonesia), the swastika believed was introduced by their Hindus Kings to represent the peace and prosperity that linked to the sun, the moon, the earth and the sea. It is also common to see the swastika symbol in front of houses, such as on the doors, gates or walls. The Balinese placed the drawing of swastika with beliefs of its protection and for bringing good luck. The symbol has endured for centuries and influenced the way of life in Bali, a peaceful life.

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  1. Indeed the (now ill-famed) swastika has been associated with India and Buddhism for thousands of years!
    Be good Indah!
    Brian

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