Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On the side of good

One of the gods, with broken nose and less than smiling lips, at Angkor Thom's South Gate
With those damn demons getting all the press, its about time we celebrated the gods, who're on the side of good, and are represented at the gates of the great city of Angkor Thom. Like the demons, there are 54 of them lining the causeway to the South Gate, and other gates, and they are distinquished by their serene look, almond-shaped eyes and conical headwear. Unfortunately, I was at the end of my tiring afternoon cycling around Angkor Thom and was heading for home when I stopped to take a few photos of the gods and I haven't really done them justice. Expect some more pics when I next visit, in the meantime, here's what I have.
The gods line up on the side of all that's good in the world
The majority of the heads of the gods and demons are copies. A room at Angkor Conservation is bursting at the seams with the originals from Angkor Thom and Preah Khan
The moat surrounding Angkor Thom is over 300 feet wide
A final look at the South Gate bathed in late afternoon sunlight before I cycle for home

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