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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. I find it interesting when I am in Bali and witness the surprise on tourists’s face seeing Swastika everywhere 🙂 After they hear what does Swastika means and it is from Hindu belief, they understand it. Sad indeed that this symbol was misused out if context and became a symbol of dark pages in world’s history.

    • Indeed not many knows about it..some of my Dutch colleagues also had no clues until they visited Bali and impressed by it 🙂 How traveling could enrich someone’s knowledge! Thank you Yoyen!

    • 🙂 It’s amazing how this symbol exists around the world! I just read a comment from Teri that the symbol also used by Native Americans. The Balinese Swastika was most likely influenced by the Indians. Maybe it is also available in Africa? 😉

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