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29 Beautiful Ramayana Stamps From Muslim-Majority Indonesia And Other Southeast Asian Nations

Updated on 5 April, 2017 at 6:22 pm By

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The Hindu epic Ramayana is equally revered to in many Southeast Asian countries. Hinduism was the dominant religion in these parts of the world before some to them became Islamic. What is, however, beautiful is that despite converting to a different faith, countries such as Indonesia did not forget their culture. To the Indonesians, at least, Lord Rama is more of an ancestor than a Hindu God and, therefore, an integral part of their culture.

Here are some of the most beautiful stamps commemorating Ramayana released over the last few decades in four Southeast Asian countries – Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

Indonesia

Stamp issued on January 24, 2016 showing Hanumana burning down Lanka:

 


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A 1962 stamp showing Lord Rama with his divine bow:

 

 

Following is a part of a set issued by Indonesia on June 15, 1962 – Lord Rama

 

 

Devi Sita

 

 

Hanumana

 

 

Jatayu

 

 

Ravana

 

 

Maricha (Indonesian: Kidang Kentjana)

 

 

Issued in 1971 on occasion of Ramayana International Festival:

 

Thailand

A 1996 stamp showing Rama hunting Maricha, who is disguised as a golden deer:

 

 

Issued on August 3, 2005, this stamp shows Rama meeting Sita:

 

 

Part of the stamp series above, this one shows Rama fighting Ravana:

 

 

Issued in 1981, this depicts Khon mask of Indrajit Meghnad:

(Khon is a mask worn in traditional Thai dance dramas.)

 

 

 

Stamp from 2015 in which Hanumana is protecting Rama in his mouth:

 

 

This July 17, 1973 stamp shows Ravana’s parasol:

 

 

Stamp of the above series depicting Ashok Vatika:

 



 

The Vanara Sena head to Lanka by crossing the sea:

 

 

Laos

Stamp from 1969 showing duel between Jatayu and Ravana:

 

 

Hanumana fights Matsya in this 1971 stamp:

(According to Khmer Ramayana, Reamker, Matsya battled Hanumana before falling in love with him.)

 

 

A 2006 stamp depicting sculptures from the Xieng Khouane Buddha Park near Vientiane with a picture of Hanumana and Matsya’s stone relief from the temple:

 

 

A 1970 stamp showing Angada, Meghnad’s half-brother, receiving Meghnad’s head on a cup:

 

 

Sita’s Agni Pariksha. Stamp from March 28, 1969:

 

 

Issued on October 28, 1955, this stamp shows Lord Rama and Sita:

 

 

An October 10, 2004 stamp showing Rama killing Bali:

 

 

Cambodia

An April 13, 2006 stamp showing Lava and Kusha, sons of Lord Rama, practising archery:

 

 

Stamp from above set depicting Hanumana and Matsya:

 

 

Matsya and Hanuman is a recurring theme in Southeast Asian stamps. This one from October 9, 2001:

 

 

A 1967 stamp showing a ballet performance with actors playing Lord Rama and Sita:

 

 

 

A 2006 stamp series showing Rama and Sita:

 

 

And Southeast Asia is not the only region where Ramayana has been decpicted in stamps. Here are two more from other nations.

Grenada

A 1993 stamp showing Hanuman protecting Sita in Ashok Vatika:

 

 

In 2009, Czech Republic issued this stamp based on a Balinese painting depicting Rama and Sita:

 


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All stamps taken from: Stampboards.com

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