Miranda Shaw devoted more than a decade of research to creating this epic work, greatly expanding on concepts she introduced in Passionate Enlightenment. Buddhist Goddesses of India by Miranda Shaw book review
She was hidden by vines beneath a stone overhang. Decades or even centuries ago, the tower’s collapse formed a protective alcove around her. Death of an Angel Antiquities Theft at Beng Mealea Cambodian Temple
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.