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Yikes, imagine climbing all the way up there!

Yikes, imagine climbing all the way up there!
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Yikes, imagine climbing all the way up there! This is one of the side entrances up to the Borobudur shrine. Several signs however encourage you to use the main entrance to the shrine and then circumambulate (go around clockwise) before exiting the shrine. Borobodur lay hidden for centuries under layers of volcanic ash and jungle growth. The facts behind its abandonment remain a mystery. It is not known when active use of the monument and Buddhist pilgrimage to it ceased. Sometime between 928 and 1006, King Mpu Sindok moved the capital of the Medang Kingdom to the region of East Java after a series of volcanic eruptions; it is not certain whether this influenced the abandonment, but several sources mention this as the most likely period and cause of abandonment. The monument is mentioned in religious documents vaguely as late as c. 1365 and even later, and the popular belief is that the temples were disbanded when the population converted to Islam in the 15th century. The monument was not forgotten completely however, though folk stories gradually shifted from its past glory into more superstitious beliefs associated with bad luck and misery. More notes about Borobodur appeared earlier in this album. (see previous pictures). (Y/Jogjakarta, Indonesia, May 2018)
Date: 2018-09-14 22:29:39



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