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Notes on the Geography of Indonesia: Borobudur 3: Photo 1

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Just to make sure you're not lost: we're standing on the first gallery and looking west from the mid-point of the south side. This is the beginning of the pilgrimmage route, or pradaksina. On the left or balustrade side are two ranks of jatakas. On the right or main wall, there are also two ranks of pictures. The upper line tells the life of the Buddha; the lower presents a collection of avadanas, tales of heroic deeds. The first such story, which starts in the lower right panel, is "The Prince and the Nymph Manohara." It's easy to follow, if you know the story; otherwise, it's Greek. The explication recounted here is based on John Miksic's Borobudur: Golden Tales of the Buddha (Shambhala, 1990).

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