Saturday, January 9, 2010

Don't be afraid

Don't be afraid, he won't hurt you. He may be an angry looking kala but effectively, his location, on lintels over doorways in Khmer temples is just one of the ways to repel enemies and evil spirits from entering the temple, so he's actually protective in nature. He has no lower jaw and his hands are missing but his trademark bulging eyes and exposed fangs are in full evidence. This mythological monster-cum-lion is also called Reahoo or Rahu on occasions. The above monster is on a lintel at the temple of Banteay Srei and I'll post some more pictures from that temple very soon.



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