Ankor Wat – Cambodia by Nikon (11)

The famous bas-reliefs encircling the temple on the first level depict Hindu epics including the mythical “Churning of the Ocean of Milk”, a legend in which Hindu deities stir vast oceans in order to extract the nectar of immortal life. The reliefs, including thousands of female dancers, are carved into the wall of the third enclosure of the temple. This was as far into the Angkor Wat temple as ordinary citizens were allowed to go, and the scenes depicted were meant to contribute to their religious education and impress them with their king’s knowledge.

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