In 2000, artist and academic Gilles Massot's focus turned to research with the 2003 book “Bintan, the phoenix of the Malay Archipelago”. Our collective archive features a selection from Gilles Massot's photography slides archive of Riau Islands taken between 2000-2003, which were made during the course of his research.
PDF of his book is available online: https://www.academia.edu/43507986/Bintan_Phoenix_Of_The_Malay_Archipelago
Last row of images, from left to right:
Working in the temple: Monk and female devotee shaving sugar cane on the floor in the front hall of a temple
Vihara Dharma Sasana: Inside of a temple dedicated to Yu Huang Shang Di in the Vihara Dharma Sasana
Temple interior: Front hall of the temple
Burning offerings: Back view of a female devotees burning offerings by the roadside