To the rest, here's the latest update:
I arrived at the Southern Temple, which is about 5 hours travel from the capital by road,train / bus.
It was deserted for the most part, although an emergency crash unit were nearby in a building watching TV.
For the temple itself there was no guide or keeper like the first one I’d already photographed. So mindful of being the scout/intruder I gingerly began taking photographs. The day was bright sunlight so exposure settings was no issue outside.
There were two temple buildings, the first was one with buddhist influences inside but mostly unrelated art on the outside.
The dragons common to Chinese Temples were evident. On the gateway itself were a pair of serpent dragons both facing a burning sun or core energy representation. Interesting. I’ve often wondered weather the ‘apple’ in the Garden of Eden was actually an energy source...
Certainly the dragon’s appear to be guarding it in this depiction.
There were two main buildings of the temple complex. The larger one I took in first.
The walls on this temple were likely representing the Rama epic. The monkey god featured a lot here. Possibly something that was likely to of occured through DNA experimentation.
Note the man-pig here also. Some fringe-theory’s have a possible man-boar to pig experiment as one of the reason’s swine is taboo in some religions...
The colours used here were of a more pastel / bland spectrum and I made the connection with the fact that there was a possibly Sanskrit influence to an extent here, as well as the Chinese one.
The fighting against the serpents / dragons again features here, this time it is a male god and not a female, like the first temple in Bangkok, this one has a similar weapon being used.
At the second temple complex I was drawn inside, there was an atmosphere and vibe in the air, as clitche as it may sound to some I felt some spiritual energy very mindful of this strange outsider viewing and picturing the interior. Limiting myself to no more than five minutes I pictured what I thought were the key features.
Hanuman, the monkey-god is in the this temple. He is one of the main god-kings mentioned in the Ramayana, so there are clear Indian influences here too.
Note the mark on the chin, this is supposed to represent where a thunderbolt from Indra struck him. A clear connection between Indra and Zeus is noted, but on another subject.
Many minor diety’s and immortals represented here.
These I thought at first were ships, or arks?
Door guardians loomed down at me.
I was about to leave when I noticed a god figure in a niche to the left of the main shrine. Gold coloured, distinct Chinese eyes but with a very thick,flowing, somewhat European beard and features.
I left hastily after this, not wanting to remain the intruder for any longer...
I’m leaving Asia soon, however, like a leader once said, I shall return and when I’m next back I’ll get more pictures and conduct more research...
For those that have taken the time to read this latest update, a video summary of the temple is below:
edit on 1-1-2012 by WatchRider because: Image tag edit.
edit on 1-1-2012 by WatchRider because: spacing