Upon entering Ubud, Bali the first thing that stood out were the many temples that were located in the airport, every home through out the city, and at other places in the communities as well as in the jungle. They were small, medium and large. Each home area had a temple within the confines of its home boundaries. As you would walk around they would increase in size and depth. I assumed it was because those people had more money. Some were so enormous and adorned with many colors and flags. I wondered what they did for a living. My assumptions were pretty much dead wrong. Yes, wealth did determine the size of some, but the larger ones were actual community temples for worship. The larger grandiose ones were for the small cities involved.
Before every home before every business on every vehicle there were small offerings made on cocoa leaves these apparently are the minimal type of offering one would make. The smell of incense burning was pervasive to the area. I observed majestic structures and statues of monkeys and elephants and elephant / human's, Buddha's and many more.
To understand things clearly I asked our host, "I see all these statues of gods. Exactly how many gods do you have?" He was referring to the many as gods, and called one a dad god, which was a bit confusing from my prior knowledge. His answer was, "Well, we actually only have one God, the creator of all things. These others just resemble represent the one God in various aspects of the earth and life.
There is a lot of skill and creativity involved with making them, that is for sure. Here are a few we found in Indonesia and SE Asia.
Tony Liz Grace
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