Thursday, July 3, 2008

Borobudur, Indonesia

Again im getting left behind with all this....yeah, i "suffer" from procrastination, thats a public secret...but this hot weather is not helping either...funny how it can affect someone..
but lets spare empty talk and do something useful....like show off some postcards :D


And here I have a new country!!! Indonesia!! And this card comes along in a pack with 6 other Indonesian cards....yeah, first you have NONE, then one day you have 7 :) Im not complaining and love them all! I just will be showing them in intervals.....as usual....

For starters we have an Indonesian UNESCO site.....a very very interesting site i must say....at least for me...

What can you see here is Borobudur, a ninth-century Mahayana Buddhist monument situated in Magelang, Central Java....in Indonesia of course. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome is located at the center of the top platform, and is surrounded by seventy-two Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa.**
The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path circumambulating the monument while ascending to the top through the three levels of Buddhist cosmology:

- Kamadhatu - the world of desire
- Rupadhatu - the world of forms
- Arupadhatu - the world of formless

During the journey, the monument guides the pilgrims through a system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the wall and the balustrades.**

Definitely caught my interest a lot!!

and just a small side note of a few words **

- stupa (literally meaning "heap") is a mound-like structure containing Buddhist relics, once thought to be places of Buddhist worship, typically, the remains of a Buddha or saint.

- baluster is a moulded shaft, square or circular, in stone or wood and sometimes in metal, standing on a unifying footing and supporting the coping of a parapet, or the handrail of a staircase. Multiplied in this way, they form a balustrade.

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