Image: Temple of Death, Ubud: Stone Carving C

Temple of Death, Ubud: Stone Carving C

Stone carving at the Temple of Death, Ubud, Bali.

The Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal - the Great Temple of Death - was founded in 14th century. It is dedicated to the Goddess of Death, Durga, who also incarnates as the monstrous witch Rangda – a scary character who appears in Balinese stories, theatre, paintings and Barong performances. The temple has some frightening carvings, such as children with fangs and other hideous characters, but it is beautifully ornamented - an oasis of tranquillity in a busy town.

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Stan Florek
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