Just one hundred miles to the south, the Khmer civilization sanctified thousands of female images on the walls of their most important temples, both Hindu and Buddhist. But here, in what is now modern day Thailand, only two devata remain, fulfilling a mysterious spiritual mission long since forgotten.
The importance of the West Gopura structure cannot be understated: this is the gateway to Angkor Wat. Its west facade may have been the only part of the the temple that the vast majority of the public ever saw. But even that statement assumes too much. Angkor Wat West Gopura entrance devata goddess portraits facing East
Ministry Director Hab Touch Promotes Cambodian Culture and will now serve as Director-General in charge of the Department General of Cultural Affairs.
“The Armies of Angkor: Military Structure and Weaponry of the Khmers” by Michel Jacq-Hergoualc’h. Armies of Angkor-Siam Society Review by Milton Osborne.
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.
First published in 1944, “The Monuments of the Angkor Group” remains one of the most comprehensive guidebooks with suggested itineraries, maps and photos.
Southeast Asia is a complex intersection of South Asian and East Asian cultures; from the 9th to the 14th centuries the Khmer Empire ruled the peninsula, linking this diverse cultural network. In his book, Vittorio Roveda has succeeded in creating the ultimate visual reference of Khmer art.
Vizerra’s computer technology is erasing the line between virtual and reality, as these Angkor Wat 3D pictures prove!
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.