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The Ramayana - The Great Hindu Epic

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Posted 07/23/2020   11:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add KuoLC5310 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Indonesia BALIPHEX 2019 special folder contains two souvenir sheets featuring Ramayana paintings.

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Posted 07/25/2020   06:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add LaoPhil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Many thanks, KuoLC5310, for sharing these great Indonesian SS's which I didn't know about and for sure I will add them to my Ramayana collection

Angada and Hanuman

The thankful Sugriva, send party leaded by the monkeys Angada and Hanuman to search for Sita. They learned from Sampati the vulture that Sita was abducted to the Island of Lanka. They informed Rama with the new information about Sita.

Angada Khon mask, issued by Thailand on July 1, 1981:

Angada breaks down the Lanka city gate, Emerald Buddha temple wall painting, Bangkok, issued by Thailand on July 17, 1973:

Hanuman monkey-god, Sunken die proof in monochrome signed by artist of a stamp designed by Marc Leguay and engraved by Jean Pheulpin, issued by Laos on October 28, 1955:
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The War Starts

When Hanuman realized that Sita was abducted, he crossed the ocean to Lanka. He found her threatened by Ravana and offered to take her back to Rama. She refuses to be carried by a man and asked Rama himself comes to rescue her. Meanwhile, Hanuman fought Ravana's army and destroyed the city. He returned to Rama with the new information about Sita location.

Hanuman protecting Sita, by Dojotan of Mas, issued by Grenada on August 13, 1993:

Cover sent from Hanumannagar, Nepal, 1904:

Hanuman flying to Lanka to rescue Sita - India, 2017:


When Rama and Lakshmana received Hanuman's report on Sita, they proceeded toward the shore of Lanka with their army. Hanuman enlarged his body and constructed a bridge for the army to cross the rivers. To cross the sea, the monkeys constructed a bridge, known as Rama Setu. Meanwhile, Ravana sent his army led by his brother Kumbhakarna. A lengthy battle ensued between the two armies.

Hanuman forms a bridge over the river, Emerald Buddha temple wall painting, Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand, 1973:

Kumbhakarna, Ravana's army commander, Mask from Khon theater - Thailand, 1975:

attack of the monkey warriors on Kumbhakarna, relief from Angkor, Cambodia - India, 2018:
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Underwater duel between Hanuman and Matsya

The monkey army, headed by Hanuman, started to construct a bridge to cross the sea to Lanka, in order to rescue Sita. The bridge is known as Rama Setu.

Ravana the demon, asked his mermaid daughter, Matsya, to disturb building the bridge. Thus, the fish removed the stones and prevented the construction. When Hanuman realized it, he fought Matsya, Ravana's daughter. During the duel, she fall in love with him and ordered to stop destroy the bridge.

Here are several stamps and items depicting the duel between Hanuman and the mermaid Matsya:

Kingdom of Cambodia, issued on April 13, 2006:

Kingdom of Laos, designed by Ky Phungchaleun, engraved by Roger Fenneteaux and issued on February 5, 1971:

The design of this stamp is based on a mural engraving from the victory Gate (Patuxai Gate) in Vientiane, Laos. Photo with permission of Anousone Manisouk:

This stamp, issued by Laos on June 16, 2006, depicting sculptures from the Xieng Khouane Buddha Park near Vientiane. The left side of the stamp depicting Hanuman and Matsya's stone relief from the near temple (see enlargement detail below):


Kingdom of Cambodia, national ballet dancers, issued on October 9, 2001:
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During the war between Rama's and Ravana's armies, Ravana erected a large parasol in order to darken the sky over Rama's army. Sugriva enlarged his body, chanted a mantra and broke the parasol.

Sugriva breaking Ravana's parasol, Emerald Buddha temple wall painting, Bangkok, issued by Thailand on July 17, 1973:

During the war, Hanuman placed the pavilion of Rama in his mouth to protect him but Mahiravan (Mayarab), Ravana's brother, King of underworld, was able to kidnapped Rama.

Hanuman protecting Rama in his mouth, Emerald Buddha temple wall painting, Bangkok, issued by Thailand on April 3, 2015:

Mahiravan (Mayarab) Khon mask, issued by Thailand on July 1, 1981:

Indrajit, Ravana's son, joined the battle when all his brothers and Kumbakharna had been killed by Rama's army. Indrajit fought with Rama's army for three days and was killed by Lakshmana with the help of Garuda and Hanuman.

Indrajit Khon mask, issued by Thailand on July 1, 1981:

Angada, Indrajit's half-brother, receives Indrajit's head on a cup after he was killed in the battle, carved capital, Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang, Laos, issued by the Kingdom of Laos on January 10, 1970:
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Indonesia during Baliphex 2019 also issued set of 5 limited edition stamps and souvenir sheets on Ramayana featuring Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman and Jatayu.








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