Symbols --> The Garuda, Myth and Meaning

Garuda and batik with wings
Garuda photo: Wikipedia


You will often find a mix of flora and fauna in the  Indonesian batiks motifs. Our newest pillow features peacocks and leafy vines -- but roosters, peacocks, and other fanciful birds are plentiful. The most majestic of the birds is the storied Garuda. A powerful eagle-like animal from buddhist and hindu mythologies, this creature serves as the  symbol of the nation and the namesake of the Indonesian national airline. The Embassy web site explains the meaning of the 8 tail feathers, 17 wing feathers, and 45 feathers on the neck signifying the date August 17, 1945 -- the date Indonesia declared independence from the Netherlands.