May 22, 2019

Temple Rubbings


Flickr Photo Credit: Pipi Wild Head

When we were planning our trip around the world, I couldn’t wait to see the temple rubbings available at Angkor Wat. That got me to thinking about the possibility of a novice like me actually attempting my own.

I did a bit of research, and attempted a few gravestone rubbings of my own on a family trip to Nova Scotia. It’s quite fun, and apparently there are some enterprising people out there who finance their way around the world with this art form. Here are some links I found:

  • This one is from the state of Michigan’s official web site. It’s a bit more oriented towards getting children excited about it, but if you are taking a family vacation, and want to get the kids excited about climbing around temples in Guatemala, this would be a good activity to start building the skills.
  • This one is a great how to article regarding the creation of tombstone rubbings. With some of the hilarious wild west epitaphs in Tombstone, Arizona, I’m sorry I didn’t think of this while we were there.
  • This link is to a collection of Mayan rubbings that a gentleman did on a trip to Guatemala. If you scroll down just a bit, you’ll see he also wrote a log of the trip and provided photos of where and how he actually did these life – sized rubbings. Knowing how much my arm muscles hurt after tackling a few gravestones, I can really appreciate the work and attention to detail this person has devoted to his collection.
  • Want to turn your temple rubbings into cash to finance your trip? This article describes how you might approach it.

I think rubbings make a very unusual souvenir from a trip, definitely suitable for framing. If you try this yourself, please send us a link or image. We would be happy to post it. Researching this topic proved a bit challenging, as you will note from the short list of links I was able to find. Happy travels!