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Spirit of Asia


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Narrated by David Attenborough
A series of eight films
3: Land of the Cosmic Mountain
On the high, misty slopes of active volcanoes, 2,000 years ago, the people of Java built shrines for the spirits of their ancestors. With the coming of Indian religions, they re-dedicated their shrines to Shiva, the Hindu God of Destruction.
It was the beginning of a golden age of temple building which was to culminate in the creation of Borobudur, a giant man-made ' cosmic mountain', then as now, the largest monument in the southern hemisphere.
Today 95 per cent of Javanese are Muslims, but the sultans' palaces continue to nurture the serene classical dances which once came from India, and their celebrated shadow puppets are still revered as ancestral spirits.
Film editor TONY HEAVEN
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Unknown: David Attenborough
Produced By: Michael MacIntyre

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