|A line of
demons here before the entrance to Angkor Thom. They're pulling on
the Naga (that Churning of the Ocean of Milk story again).
the gods on the other side, pulling on their end of the Naga.
was a big deal that the demons & gods cooperated on this Naga
tug-of-war churning process.
||This was a
friendly demon who invited me to make myself comfortable.
or gopura, to Angkor Thom has some faces on each top corner,
foreshadowing the faces to come.
within the Angkor Thom complex, looks like a mess of old ruined piles
of stone from a distance.
||But up close
these faces emerge everywhere.
a face in the distance to the left, while a lion is in the foreground.
face, peeking through a doorway.
that's a Buddhist monk through a doorway.
doorway. I sense a theme.
I liked doorways. There's an old Buddhist guy who got a dollar out
of me for lighting a stick of incense in there.
more of those faces. Look closely.
in Angkor Thom is the Elephant Terrace, with two 3-headed elephants
pulling up lilies.
whole Elephant Terrace wall is covered with a procession of elephants.
of those faces is not made of stone.