Friday, February 21, 2014
Monkey Forest, Bali: An Enchanting Sacred Forest for Simian Families (part 3)
Bali is also dubbed as island of gods...island of temples. No wonder that even within the forest we'd encountered two temples with different architecture although in essence they're typically Balinese.
Prior to entering this sacred temple, we're requested to wear sarongs or any attire symbolizing we're part of the temple... so as to 'respect' the temple.
Now we saw one simian family on the ground. Freya was still terrified to see that monkeys did roam and walk around us. It's a new experience for her, of course.
The archetype of the temple we visited within the forest was Balinese dragon or snakes.
Even the pedestal of this temple was fully covered in snake-form carved stones.
Thank you, Freya for taking a picture of us.
oops.... !!!! !
let's take a pose.
This forest with its temple inside really held the spirit of its existence. I wonder if the monkeys are some kinds of guards of the forest as well as the temples. And I think that's what makes it even more enchanting.
As the name suggests, apart from being a home to hundreds of simian families, the forest is also full of statues celebrating the lives of monkeys in every gesture and manners imaginable as well as the unimaginable ones.
Like this one!!! wow..what a sight! a spectacle only to be found in Bali.
...and all shapes of simian statues to respect the harmony of nature and gods.