Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge : The Shield

This is a replica of Dayak traditional shield or Talawang, put on the gate of Maria Immaculata Church in Tarakan.

Its function is to protect the self from the enemy’s weapon and also to drive out and keep the bad spirits away. The ornaments and carvings on these shields actually have some mystical meanings. 

The shield in this photo is modified with Christian symbol : the cross of Christ. 

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