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    Posted 8 years ago

    tombraider
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    Monkey Magic "born from an egg on a mountain top" loved that show.
    Painted Wooden Egg Godhead and Blue Monkey Deity with women offering gifts..
    I think this is a fertility object or possibly to ward off evil, as per below:
    In Japan, the monkey's role in guarding against demons originates from the Japanese word for monkey (?, pronounced saru), which is a homonym for the Japanese word "expel" (??, also pronounced saru). The latter word means to "dispel, punch out, push away, beat away." According to the legends of Japan's Mt. Hiei shrine-temple multiplex, this makes the monkey an "expeller of demons" -- in other traditions, the monkey is also thought to ward off thieves
    (A-Z Japanese Buddhist Statuary)
    I have searched and spoken with peers and have little information to solve this mystery, please help enlighten me.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      The images are more Hindu inspired.
      Balinese Hinduism.
      You have some spirit demons here.
      Check out Barong.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barong_(mythology)

      Maybe this is preparations for Ogoh ogoh.

      Several Barongs that are beleived to inhabit the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal and are believed to be capable of protecting the Sacred Monkey Forest, against evil spirits, include the Tiger, Boar, and Monkey.
      http://www.monkeyforestubud.com/temple_god.html
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Check out this:
      http://www.sadraeggpainting.com/index1.php?hal=home
    3. tombraider, 8 years ago
      Hi Vetraio50 the links were very helpful it looks like offer to the Barongs were dangerous to humans so gifts were offered thank you for your help :)
      ** Within Balinese Hinduism, all Barongs (including Barong Ket) are believed to be capable of harming humans. As such, it is not uncommon for the Balinese to provide offerings to Barongs. Like other types of demons , Barongs are also sometimes believed to be incarnations of a Gods or Goddesses.
    4. tombraider, 8 years ago
      Thanks BHock45 its very interesting do you have any idea of the age or if it would have been an offering or kept around the house? and why the egg its all a myster to me and India is sooooo OLD love the history :)
    5. tombraider, 8 years ago
      Thanks AmberRose its a beautiful piece lots of detail :)

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