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Mount Agung, center of Bali’s universe

  • I Wayan Juniarta

    The Jakarta Post

Karangasem   /   Tue, September 26 2017   /  12:40 am
Majestic backdrop: Rendang village residents take photos with Mount Agung in the background on Monday. The Bali volcano is experiencing increased seismic activity and its status has been increased to the highest level.(JP/Anggara Mahendra)(JP/Anggara Mahendra)

Majestic backdrop: Rendang village residents take photos with Mount Agung in the background on Monday. The Bali volcano is experiencing increased seismic activity and its status has been increased to the highest level.(JP/Anggara Mahendra)For Balinese Hindus, Mount Agung is without doubt the most important peak in the world. The mountain is believed to be the throne of the island’s most ancient and revered divine ruler.

Interestingly, the deity’s origin story involves a violent eruption of the mountain.

The deity’s name is Hyang Putrajaya but the Balinese prefer to address him with his honorific title Ida Bhatara Lingsir Giri Tohlangkir, the Elder Deity of Mt. Agung. Tohlangkir is Mt. Agung’s name in the ancient Balinese lontar (palm leaf) manuscripts.

Babad Pasek, a semi-mythological text on the history and genealogy of Pasek Sanak Sapta Rsi, the largest cl...