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Notes on the Geography of Indonesia: Prambanan et al: Photo 10

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Kala looms over the entrances. Kala was a jawless monster who had tasted the elixir of immortality: he was beheaded--losing his jaw in the process--but did not die. Instead, garlands spew from his mouth, representing the elixir he had tasted. Passing under him signifies entering the domain of immortality. For comparison with other representations, see Cambodia: Roluos 8 or Indonesia: Borobudur 8.

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