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Road to Bali: From Javanese Temples to Balinese Dance
Denis Heywood
Wednesday 24 May 2017

In 1804 Sir Stamford Raffles discovered Borobodur, the magnificent temple hidden for centuries under volcanic ash. Constructed in the 8th century and mysteriously abandoned, it is an earthly manifestation of the Buddhist vision of the universe, covered with radiant narrative carvings.

This lecture looks at this and other temples, including Prambanan, where carved reliefs illustrate ancient forms of sacred dance performed at Java’s royal court and emulated in Bali. It reveals the exquisite dances from the Hindu island of Bali where religious rituals are central to the way of life.