Why should a lion not have wings if it adds to his majesty? In Bali, where art is deeply related to the religious practices of the Hindu Balinese, mythological creatures abound, from temple art to funerary biers and guardian effigies. One of the most prevalent magical beasts in all these forms is the winged lion (singa bersayap). In traditional Balinese architecture it may carved in stone as a plinth, or in wood as a king-post ornamentation.

The lion statue is a symbol of the ability to destroy the evil forces of asubha karma. In Balinese legend, the lion is the king of the forest. It is believed to be a protector and is usually associated in the form of Barong Ket as a symbol of goodness able to destroy, or counter-balance, evil. The city of Singaraja, on the north coast of Bali, has adopted the winged lion as its symbol, celebrated in the famous Singa Ambara Raja statue.

When you are exploring Bali, keep an eye out for the winged lion in traditional architecture. And you might find some around Komaneka at Tanggayuda.