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Central Java: Kalasan temple


Kaart ontvangen van Nanien

Depicted on this postcard is the Kalisan Temple, also known as Candi Kalibening, a Buddhist temple from the 8th century. It is located 13 km east of Yogyakarta on the Island Java.
The temple is richly decorated with buddhist figures, but unfortunately it is poorly maintained.

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De postzegel linksboven is gewijd aan traditioneel voedsel, in dit geval van West-Nusa Tenggara, de provincie van Indonesiƫ die het westelijk deel van de Kleine Soenda-eilanden (met uitzondering ban Bali) beslaat.
De postzegel rechtsboven is uit een serie van 3 gewijd aan "Natuurbescherming".
De postzegel rechtsbeneden is uit een serie van 4 stuks die gewijd zijn aan Kinderspelen. Hier afgebeeld is vliegeren.

The postage stamp upper leftside is from a series of 4 from 2007 and shows traditional food from Nusa Tenggara Barat, a province of Indonesia.
The upper righthand stamp from 2010 is part of a series of 3 and is devoted to "Environmental Protection"
The lower stamp from 2009 is from a series of 4, theme "Children's Day". Here are children playing kite.



Indonesia: Prambanan Temple


Kaart ontvangen van Noor

Candi Prambanan or Candi Rara Jonggrang is a 9th century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Sustainer (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple compound is located approximately 18 km east of Yogyakarta city on the boundary between Yogyakarta and Central Java province.
The temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, and is one of the largest Hindu temples in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the towering 47m high central building inside a large complex of individual temples. One of the most majestic temples in the Southeast Asia, Prambanan attracts many visitors worldwide.

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Two stamps from a block of ten, a joint issue among the ASEAN countries, devoted to ASEAN meeting 2007.
The ASEAN Charter serves as a firm foundation in achieving the ASEAN Community by providing legal status and institutional framework for ASEAN. It also codifies ASEAN norms, rules and values; sets clear targets for ASEAN; and presents accountability and compliance.
The ASEAN countries are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.



 

 

Merapi Volcano


Postcard received from Winta

The Merapi Mountain is located 28 km north of Yogyakarta. It is the most active volcano in Indonesia.  The last eruption was in 2010 when thousand of houses were destroyed and 300 people were killed.   The postcard shows the remains of an small village close to the Merapi in 2010.

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The 4 postage stamps, emission of february 24 - 2011, illustrate various "Traditional Ceremonies", which can be characterized as follows:

1. The ritual of Pasola, Sumba from East Nusa Tenggara
Pasola is a game of agility of throwing javelin made of wood to each other on a horse that is being driven hard by two opposing groups.

2. The Ritual of Tiwah, Dayak of Central Kalimantan
Tiwah is the procession of delivery of relatives ancestors spirits who have passed away by purifying and moving the remains of the body from the grave into a place called Sandung.

3. The Ritual of Ngaben of Bali
Ngaben is cremation or cremation of Hindus in Bali. Ngaben is a ritual performed to send the bodies to the next life.

4. The Ritual of Grebeg Syawal of Yogyakarta.
Grebeg Syawal is held on the square of Yogyakarta.
Lanang mountains (male moutains of crops) are made of vegetables and other crops escorted by the ten bregada (unitary force) soldiers taken to Mosque Gede of Ngayogyakarta palace.


(more detailed information can be found at: http://jefferson-stamp.blogspot.nl/2011/03/indonesia-traditional-ceremonies-2011.html)