On the towers above, serene faces gaze out over the jungle. But below, Jayavarman VII followed the example of King Suryavarman II by filling his monument with female energy. The portraits of sacred women, now called devata or apsaras depending on their style, surround the Bayon.
Like most Khmer temples, Ta Som is filled with standing female images called devata (or tevoda, tevada), and flying or dancing female divinities called apsara (or apsarases, apsaras). Ta Som temple devata goddesses depict Sacred Khmer women in Cambodia
Cambodia’s great kings filled entire temples with sanctified images of women. Why do female images at Preah Khan dominate this extraordinary ancient temple? Khmer devata goddesses in the heart of Preah Khan temple
Today acolytes are few, but sacred images of Khmer women still abound, protecting the temple with their auspicious presence.
An ancient Khmer image of a Tantric yogini –beautiful, wildly fierce sacred women– is a clue to Tantric rituals in Cambodian and Thailand.
The Khmer temple of Ta Som is located northeast of the walled city of Angkor Thom and east of the water temple of Neak Pean. Little is known of the history and purpose of Ta Som.
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Chau Say Tevoda Khmer Devata Temple Reopens. Visitors can again see angels (devata) on earth as the Chau Say Tevoda Khmer devata temple reopens.
UNE MERVEILLEUSE CITE KHMERE – By George Groslier 1937. If one ventures to the north-western borders of Cambodia, one arrives in a region surrounded at right angles by the extreme western end of the Dangrek mountain chain.
The mysterious 12th century Khmer temple of Preah Khan, once a religious city of 100,000 inhabitants, is now a peaceful destination surrounded by Cambodian jungle. Views of Preah Khan Khmer temple at Angkor