AngkorBlog Devata Video at Angkor Wat (3:32 ) Devata and Apsara Videos at Angkor Temples in Cambodia
Carved bas-reflief representations of devata (demigoddesses) were a prominent component of Angkorian temple decoration throughout the Middle Ages. The walls of Angkor Wat, the greatest of the temples, are host to hundreds of such devata. Scholars have speculated about their religious and cultural significance. Certainly their graceful and often friendly appearance enlivens the massive grey stones on which they appear.
MUSIC NOTE – I’ve received visitor comments that the European classical background music detracts from this video. I agree that it would be far nicer with traditional Khmer tunes but I didn’t produce the show and can only present it as provided.
AngkorBlog Devata Video at Ta Prohm (1:55 )
Devata are minor female deities commonly positioned as guardians of the temples at Angkor. This clip shows devata at the 12th century temple of Ta Prohm.The music is a Sarabande of Georg Friedrich Handel performed by Jay C. Wingard.
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Devata, Apsara and Cambodian Dancers in Khmer Temples – December 2007 – (7:24)
A beautiful slideshow that begins with devata in temple settings. At 2:20 the subject changes to modern dancers performing aspara roles in Khmer temples. From 5:04 to the end, the subject is the spectacular nighttime dance performance at Angkor Wat. Professionally done and set to classical and traditional music.