September 8, 2008

Devatas on the walls of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Location: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia (13° 24′ 45″ N, 103° 52′ 0″ E)
Date: 10 November 2002; 10.40am
Camera: Canon G1

The temples of the Angkor complex are replete with over a thousand images of apsaras and devatas. Both are supposedly minor female deities; whilst the apsaras are normally in dancing pose, the devatas are more demure and in welcoming pose. These carvings can be found all over the temple complex- on base reliefs, walls, pillars and doors. Devatas are supposedly guardian spirits, custodian of the religious shrines.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very cool picture. I like your description of how these female deities are posed. I want to go to Cambodia, but haven't had the chance yet. You should check out this site I found, Its a cool way to share with other travelers where you have been and the things you have experienced. I really like your blog, I will be back soon.