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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Prambanan Hindu Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia a UNESCO World Heritage Site

 Close to Yogyakarta on the Island of Java, Indonesia... 
Prambanan Hindu Temple built in the 9th Century
This is a slide from December 1972, showing Pieter's adopted daughter Lizzy when we was almost 9... their first trip to Indonesia to advise the mushroom project.
On May 8 of 1983, when I got to see it for the first time, they were renovating it.
The Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu Temple complex in Indonesia.
In the 16th Century it got completely knocked down and buried, due to a massive earthquake and only got rediscovered in 1811.
It took another 100 years before they finally started to restore it; after first lots of things had been looted or stones being used for foundation stones as building material...
From a post card as we were unable to make an undisturbed photo without scaffolds. 
In 1991 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Pieter in his batik shirt, standing in the center left of this photo...
This one I took from above and you can see a bit more of the renovation going on
Our then super8 film camera, but from the 3 films we had, 2 cartridges got lost by Kodak...
Above me you clearly can see how the story of the Ramayana got carved out in stone.


24 comments:

  1. An amazing temple, it deserves to be on the Unesco Heritage list.

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      It sure does and on April 27, 1991 it would get opened by the President... A disastrous day for Pieter but that story comes May 22nd.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. It's truly amazing what past generations were able to create. It's one thing when such magnificent architecture is lost to natural disasters, but truly inconceivable when damage is done because of war and man's inability to live and let live in peace. As usual you have some really wonderful photos. Hope things warm up for you over there so that bike rides can commence once again. Take care.

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Yes, one can give kudos to the people of that era for creating such astonishing buildings with little means!
      You in your travels have seen this too.
      It is indeed a loss to humanity if such buildings get destroyed...
      The weather is warming up nicely here, yesterday was already a lot more pleasant.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Amazing architecture. Pity you lost two films, Mariette. You have great memories though, I'm sure.

    God bless always.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      The architecture is indeed amazing, especially for back then!
      It was sad for having lost those films but we both have lots of memories.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Hello Mariette, Those Hindu/Buddhist temples that were lost and later recovered in Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia (among possibly other places*) are beyond amazing with their intricate carvings and general aspect. You were lucky to see them when you did, because, as with most things, as time goes by there is less access, more crowds, and more corny light-and-sound shows and things like that added.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Yes, when we went it was not yet renovated but so pure and near it all for touching and viewing. That has ended and as you say, it does often subtract from the original beauty.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes, that sure was an awesome experience too.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. What a magnificent temple, Mariette! Thank you for sharing yet another marvelous journey with us.
    Blessings!

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    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      Thank you and that day's visit became indeed a very memorable one.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Unbelievable photos!! I forgot to tell you I love the teacup blog header.

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Thank you and yes, those daffodil teacups and the vase with daffodils and yellow candles create a nice atmosphere.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Bellissime foto Mariette,buona serata!

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    1. Cara Olga,
      Grazie per le tue parole.
      Un abbraccio,
      Mariette

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  9. Muy interesante ese templo. La mayoría de ellos tienen largas escaleras, para situarlos bien alto.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      ¡Sí, colocando simbólicamente a su Dios elevado!
      Es por su edad fascinante.
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  10. How beautiful! I don't know the monument but I will take the opportunity to read more about it. It is very good when the posts awaken our interest in wanting to know more.
    Thank you and good week
    Coisas de Feltro

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    1. Dearest Christina,
      Thank you and yes, there are still so many things we don't personally know about. We all learn from and by each other; till we die!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Thank you and indeed, your northern neighbors have a lot of culture and beauty to offer.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Dear Mariette,

    thanks for this pictures. Sadly you lost 2/3 of your pictures.

    Best regards
    Bernhard

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    1. Dearest Bernhard,
      These photos are over different years...
      What got lost by Kodak was 2 of our 3 Super 8 film Kodachrome cartridges.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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