hangings (ritual & belief: representations)

Section of temple hanging, ider-ider, painted in Kamasan style on cloth. Depicts a scene from the early life of Garuda. A figure of Garuda on the left, then a vertical stylised wall as scene divider, indicating this is an indoor scene. The next scene shows Garuda talking with his father, Begawan Kasyapa. The tree between is usually used between characters in conversation or a meeting taking place, often, as here, with a tree fern (in red) spiralling up the trunk. The next figures along are Wibawaso with his assistant, facing Supratkia (the darker of the two) with his assistant. They are brothers, who as a result of being cursed by the gods have been transformed into an elephant and turtle (empas). Note the difference in their eyes. The next scene shows the two assistants fighting. Why the assistants are fighting one another is not clear, but assistants tend to do this. The elephant and the turtle are engaging (tree between), then Garuda lifts them up before dropping them. In the story they are thus changed back to their original form; Garuda has restored them for which they are grateful.

used to hang around the eaves of shrines in the family temple or pavilions in the temple grounds especially during Galungan.

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