Today’s handprint story is not so much about our sharing, but more about how the people, ideas and religion had crossed the deserts, mountains and of course – the seas. In particular it was an intriguing way to combine not just sightseeing, eating (compulsory) and relaxation on any journey you embark on.
The Indonesian archipelago.
You might have read our series on the Philippines some time back. You will then know that there are 7,107 islands according to offical Philipines records. But this is dwarved by that of Indonesia. Depending on who you ask, there can be between 17,508 to 18,307 of them all over the entire territorial space of the country. Obviously this means
one of the most important mode of communication (and transport) would be by sea.
What would neccessitate folks sailing the seas to another far off island? Fishing? Perhaps. Visiting relatives? A long shot. Mostly likely it would be about trade and diplomacy. And it was this way that ideas and religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam) along with the physical goods traveled to Indonesia.
Nearby the city of “Jogja” are two heritage sites, one dedicated to Hinduism and another to Buddhism. Despite the ravages of time and natural disasters, they have endured. And they are magnificent indeed! We enjoyed being here to take in the history and in awe of effort people more than 1000 years ago put into their faith and devotion.
Why not have a read here to and sample what you might see and do here? Perhaps be inspired to make your own journey to these UNESCO sites?