Tag Archives: Mythology

The Living Goddess Kumari of Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu’s Durbur Square, the traditional heart of the old town, offers a dizzying number of gods, goddess and deities on display. Intermingled between the Buddhism and Hinduism symbolism is one of the most fascinating, and somewhat mysterious aspects of Hindu … Continue reading

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Rangda the Witch, Travel Photo of the Week, 12Sept12 Bali, Indonesia

Leyaks, pronounced le-aks (the y is silent) are the evil spirits of Bali and Rangda is their queen. Her likeness is the epitome of evil and is often depicted eating children. A terrifying sight, an old bare breasted woman armed … Continue reading

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Travel Photo of the Week 25April12 Angkor Wat Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Sanskrit for city of temples, is both the largest religious complex and one of the oldest continually used religious sites in the world. Built in the early 12th century, the entire complex is a microcosm of the Hindu … Continue reading

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Travel Photo of the Week 23JAN12, Lantern Festival

This weeks Travel Photo of the Week is a Lantern festival. The Lantern festival is the last day of the Chinese New Year celebration, the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. It is also the first night the full … Continue reading

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Travel Photo of the Week 13Jan12 Bali, Indonesia

Padma, the sacred lotus, is a native to tropical Asia and Queensland Australia and the subject of this week’s Travel Photo. Commonly found in water gardens, they are also commercially grown in farms as a food source as well as … Continue reading

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Travel Photo of the Week 10Nov11 Angkor Wat, Cambodia

  This week’s Travel Photo of the Week takes us to the world’s largest religious complex Angkor Wat, Cambodia. This week’s “model” is an Apsara or in this case a Devata  – the differentiation comes from the posture of these … Continue reading

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Travel Photo of the Week 17Oct11 Nepal

  This week’s travel photo takes us to Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal to learn about a traditional Hindu funeral. Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest and most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Nepalese legend … Continue reading

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Travel Photo of the Week 17Sept11 Singapore

  This week’s Travel Photo of the Week is a flower garland decorated Ganesha statue in Little India, Singapore. The elephant-headed deity is one of the most popular and easily recognizable of the plethora of Hindu gods. Renowned for his … Continue reading

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Travel Photo of the Week 27Aug11 Bali

  This week’s Travel Photo of the Week is a statue of a Barong in the artist community of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Masks and other artwork featuring Barongs are some of the most iconic of souvenirs brought back from the … Continue reading

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Travel Photo of the Week 8July11 Singapore

  This week’s Travel Photo of the Week takes us to Chinatown in Singapore (yes, Singapore has a Chinatown but that is a different blog). The Lion Dance that utilizes this costume is typically preformed during the Chinese New Year. … Continue reading

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