Angkor Wat temple in modern day Cambodia is the largest religious monument on earth. Built at the height of the Khmer Empire in the 12th century, this massive structure preserves the portraits of nearly 2,000 Southeast Asian women. Sadly, the profound significance of these women has been ignored by scholars during the past 150 years of intense study.
The time has come to recognize these powerful Khmer women, to reconsider the true purpose of Angkor Wat, and to understand the role women had in developing this extraordinary civilization.
Research presented at Devata.org indicates that a primary reason for building Angkor Wat was to honor these women and to celebrate their vital contributions to the Khmer Empire. These women were key to maintaining a harmonious Khmer society, its economy and maintaining the balance of the universe itself.
Today, women worldwide still seek equality and recognition for their contributions. For that reason we occassionally present special articles about woman’s history dealing with issues beyond Southeast Asia.
Click the Category or Tag “Woman’s History” to access these articles.