Siem Reap airport in Cambodia! That's Leanne, me, & Stephanie.
||We went straight
from the airport to Angkor Wat.
Wat has incredible relief carvings of apsaras celestial dancers.
created when the gods & demons were Churning the Ocean of Milk,
trying to produce an elixir of immortality.
was eventually found, but not until after the apsaras were formed,
and also some toxic puke made the god Siva's throat turn blue.
are about 1000 years old. That's the original paint on this scene
showing the king. He has lots of servents carrying umbrellas and fans
reliefs feature brutal battle scenes, like this guy's head being carried
off by the enemy.
and you'll see some demonic animals eating the bad guys here. A morality
guy's being turned on a spit. Ouch.
Vishnu with many arms and faces. He can grow as many as necessary
to combat armies of any size.
Vishnu again, standing on top of a turtle to be the fulcrum in assisting
the gods & demons cooperate in that Churning the Ocean of Milk
down a wall of relief carvings, there's Leanne & Stephanie with
our local guide for the day.
this temple was Buddhist, this depicted Buddha.
then the temple became Hindu, so they chopped off Buddha's head and
replaced it with Vishnu's, along with some other attributes.
view of one of the many buildings that comprise Angkor Wat.
are the towers that are meant to recall the 5 sacred peaks of Mount
is one of the "libraries" of Angkor Wat, though I'm not
sure if it was ever used in the sense that we understand libraries
view of Angkor Wat from the causeway. Those upturned bannisters represent
the Naga, the multiheaded snake who, predictably enough, also plays
a role in the Churning of the Ocean of Milk story.
of the Naga heads. No, not naugahyde.
lovely and well fondled apsaras.
wedding was taking place when we visited the temple complex.
in the beautiful light of an Angkor Wat twilight.
on the causeway to the temple complex.
me among the apsaras.
up those temples was steep and precarious!
back for a goodbye glance.
famous and magnificent Angkor Wat sunset.