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Sanghyang Widhi Wasa

by Micha F. Lindemans
"All-In-One God," a term invented by early Christian missionaries to describe, for conversion purposes, the biblical 'God the Father' to the polytheistic Balinese people. However, the concept of an 'All-In-One God' was already inferred by Hinduism but remained unnamed and ineffable since to name and thus identify the All-In-One (particularly by gender) was seen as 'limiting the unlimited.' In art, Sanghyang Widhi Wasa is based on the Hindu Trimurti of Brahma, Wisnu, and Siwa. The result is appropriately mysterious

Article details:

  • Also known as:
    Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa
    Sangyang Widhi Wasa
  • Etymology:
    All-In-One God

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