Meet the gate keepers to the Hindu temples - the Dwarapala!
Dwarapalas are fearsome looking statues. They were one of the things that I found fascinating in my travel to Bali. To me, they are both menacing and beautiful, at the same time.
Dwarapalas are demonic-looking, with big, bulging eyes and snarling expression. They would always hold a weapon, in most cases, a club. True to their role as guardians to the temple deity, they are portrayed in a warrior-like stance, ready to strike the enemy.
I love the meticulous details on the statues. The head gears, armors (if you can call the ceremonial dressing, that), bracelets to the anklets - all a reflection of the artisans' mastery and patience.
Safiza is a Travel Blogger, Common Reader, Book Hoarder, Art and Nescafe Tarik Lover.