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For some reason this is so in-character that I can’t complain.
Artist: Shin Arc
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Prambanan, a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia.
Dedicated to the Hindu god Siva, Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple complex in Java, and an outstanding example of Hindu art. The move of Indian culture into Java can be (somewhat) traced back to the early 1st century B.C. -although these historical records are a little sketchy. By the beginning of the 8th century Indian culture began significantly spreading through Indonesia.
There is no doubt that a strong link prevailed between Java and India: Javanese princes were sent to India to be educated, and some immigration occurred from southern India to Java, although not on a large scale. India’s religions may have been brought by traders, or perhaps from Buddhist Brahman missionaries. […] Whatever the reason, Buddhism probably did not become prevalent until the Sailendra Dynasty, based in nearby Sumatra and ruling a large portion of the Malay Peninsula, Java, and the Sunda Islands, became instrumental in spreading Indian culture throughout the Indonesian Archipelago beginning in the 8th century.
In the middle of the 8th century, two dynastic and cultural influences appear to have been strong: the Buddhist Sailendras of the south and the Hindu Sanjayas of Old Mataram in the north. It is thought the Sailendra kings began to control Java around 750. This occured when, for unknown reasons, the local Javanese king moved east. But early in the 9th century the king returned to Java, and Hindu Saivism (the worship of Siva) again became the region’s official religion. To celebrate the restoration of Hinduism, the construction of Prambanan was begun around 835.
-International Dictionary of Historic Places: Asia and Oceania (1996), page 692.
Photos courtesy & taken by Sarah Faulwetter.
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