In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos.
I would like to say sorry that maybe these three (or four?) days I couldn’t catch up with other blogger’s post shown in my Reader, even though at least I still try to fullfill my post’s timetable. Don’t think that I’m thinking to disappear again (ha!), I am currently spending my weekend (plus a workday) in one of the cities in Central Java, wandering far and high enough (this is the keyword for today) to look for some classical antiquities of Indonesia. Yes, many people who know me could guess what this is, it is the temple. We called it candi. It’s challenging, but fun in its own way.
And speaking of candi, Indonesia, especially in the island of Java, has a lot of it. But most of them not in its best shape, except for some great candi that already been restored. Many candi in Indonesia only consist of ruins that have to be rearranged, stone blocks from a huge variety of size and shape, as one could see in this picture:
Why could a candi be torn down like that? There are many answers, and every candi has its own cause for why could that candi be in its condition today. It could be caused by natural cause, like volcanic activity or an earthquake, or simply because people who in the past used the candi for praying don’t need it anymore and they have already built a worship place that is more suitable and fulfilling their needs.
But, however, the ruins of candi is very interesting. It’s challenging the archaeologists to reassemble the ruins, to see what kind of building it was, and how it was looked like. A successful restoration could be seen in Prambanan and Borobudur complex, two of the most splendid archaeological sites in Indonesia. Sewu complex is interesting too, as it has about 250 secondary temples–we called it candi perwara.
Rebuilding a candi is also not an easy task, either. The candi’s restoration is not as simple as building those blocks. An archaeologist should consider its bas-reliefs, too, for example. There are a lot of things to consider in reassembling those compounds.
I took this photo in Bali. Seeing those ruins in Bali is already a unique thing, as Balinese temple usually never been torn down. Balinese people still use those sites in a same function as what these temple’s functioned in the past. Even if they have to, they won’t change the shape of the building so what we see today it’s still the same with what it was several hundred years ago.
These ruins are chaotic, and challenging for those who have a task reassembling it, but for me, it’s still a beautiful chaos. Beautiful, mysterious chaos. It’s Goa Gajah Temple Compound, and you should come and see it for yourself if you’re wandering in Gianyar, Bali.