Bedogol is the Balinese name for the gate guardian statue (also called Dwarapala in Asia). People can find Dwarapala in many places as it is believed in local’s tradition that evil spirits are everywhere, thus we need to protect our sanctuary with a guardian. Although formerly in local’s tradition the guardian statue can only be found in Pura (temples) and Puri (royal homes), it can nowadays be found in most houses too.
The guardian statues are typically a mirror image of each other as it represents the balance of yin and yang. Philosophically speaking, Bedogol’s purpose is to organise possibly unbalanced elements from the outside world, to make the positive and negative neutral before they enter the home.
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