Man and his building of holy temples to stand upon the Earth’s face is as seemingly as old as the horizon itself. The world is blessed as a result: Temples are sacred places constructed to worship the most high God in. When we worship we are aligning with the divine, which produces within us a higher standard of living. With ritual comes effectiveness and one hopes that a nobler offering of good can be perpetuated; toward ourselves, toward one another, and for the world.
Sacred treasure: Angkor Wat
"One can never look upon the ensemble of the Wat (temple) without a thrill, a pause, a feeling of being caught up into the heavens..."
DATE: first half of the 12th Century
KING: Suryavarman II
The Apsaras are plentiful, carved in the inner gallery inside the Angkor Wat temple with such artistry --evident even in this day, that your eyes ache.. Every one is different in posture but the enchanting expressions they possess are the same. Pang, a Cambodian poet in a tribute to the Khmer ideal of female beauty wrote of the Apsaras. :
"These gracious figures, filling you with such emotion that the eye is never wearied, the soul is renewed, and the heart never sated! They were never carved by the hands of men-- They were created by the Gods--living lovely, breathing women!"
Angkor Wat: 'The City That is a Temple'
A highlight of visiting Angkor Wat was entering into the Hall of Echoes. A sweet and elderly Cambodian man was all too eager to show me its unusual acoustics. With a grin as big as the stone ones at Bayon, he pushed me against the wall (!) and then thumped me on the upper chest with the flat of his hand. That I was startled was an understatement. But as the thump echoed throughout the hall, I was caught up in the fun of the phenomena and also in the old man's excitement over sharing the experience. (He was so cute!)
There's no dispute that Angkor Wat is an architectural Gem and the crowning achievement of the classical Khmer Empire.
With it's lotus-flower spires it is the Spiritual-Bling of Southeast Asia.
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