Images of the Gods: Khmer Mythology in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos
There are three main parts to this book. The first deals with the making of images of gods and their exposition/deployment into a visual narrative. In the second part of the book, the divine protagonists of myths and legends are described and illustrated as they appear in temples at different locations throughout the Khmer empire. The third part of the book attempts to verify the impact of Khmer visual narrative on the indigenous cultures of Thailand. --introd.
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13th century Airavata amongst Angkor Wat animals apsaras Arjuna arrows asuras Avalokiteshvara Balarama Banteay Chmar Banteay Samre Banteay Srei Baphuon Bayon Bhagavata Purana bodhisattva Brahma Buddha Buddhist Cambodia carved central tower centre Chams chariot Churning corner pavilion crowned dancing decorated defaced deity depicted eastern gopura elephant face fighting figure flanked forest gallery of enclosure Garuda gods gopura of enclosure Govardhana half pediment hamsas Hanuman head Hindu holding horse iconography Indra inner gallery Jataka Jayavarman VII kala Kamsa Khmer Khmer reliefs king kneeling Krishna Lakshmana legend linga lintel lion Lokeshvara lotus lower register Mahabharata mandapa monkeys mudra mythological naga niches northern door Ocean of Milk palace panel Parvati pediment Phimai Phnom Rung pilaster plinth Prasat Preah Khan Prohm rakshasas Rama Rama and Lakshmana Ramayana Ravana rishis Roveda royal scene seated Shiva shrine side Sita southern gopura Sugriva temple tree upper register Valin Vishnu wall western worshippers