Friday, September 4, 2009

Java Jamboree: Listen to the walls talk

Prabanan Temple, said to be built around 850 CE by either Rakai Pikatan, king of the second Mataram dynasty, or Balitung Maha Sambu during the Sanjaya Dynasty continues to intrigue tourists even though much of the original stonework has been stolen or removed to other sites. The 2006 earthquake destroyed some more of the stonework and rendered the inside of most of the temples off-limits; so, one would have to be satisfied with just admiring the temples from the outside. Hire a guide who loiters in the temple ground and perhaps, he would point out to you an erotic carving here and there. There are few erotic carvings around and they are rather tame compared to the ones in Kajuraho, India but you'd probably go ooh and aah like some of my friends and I did. It was great when the walls talked!

Carvings in Prabanan Temple...Can you spot an erotic one here?

Traveling Tip: Listen when the walls talk!

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