Monday, February 1, 2010

The South Gate of Angkor Thom- Part III

The South Gate

Approaching the gate, we cross a moat via a 50 meter brick road.

Mythic statues line the causeway over a moat leading to the south gate of Angkor Thom, literally called “Great City.” The images represent a Hindu myth of creation called the Churning of the Sea of Milk.
Look up there, whose heads were those? Will discover about this later at the Bayon temple.

The central tower of the stone gate is capped by three face-towers that face the four directions.

Below them at the base of the gate are two sets of elephant statues that flank the entrance on both sides and underneath the elephants are the lotus flowers.

Sitting on each elephant is a figure of the god Indra carrying his usual weapon—the 'vadra' (a lightning bolt).

On the left side of the moat, 54 'Devas' (guardian gods) pull the head of the snake 'Shesha'.
In this myth, the body of the snake is wrapped around the central mountain—Mt. Meru—perhaps corresponding here to the Bayon temple at the center of the site. In any case, the myth relates that as the Devas pulled the snake in one direction and the gods pushed in the other, the ocean began to churn and precipitate the elements. By alternating back and forth, the ocean was 'milked', forming the earth and the cosmos anew.

*new head of Deva' being restored - and placed onto the headless body*

on the right side 54 'Asuras' (Demon gods) pull the snake's tail in the opposite direction.

the sad face of Demon

Why there's so many holes?

These holes were drilled by hand, and later hooks were placed into the holes and pull by the elephant from Khulen mountain.

Two holes mean one elephant was used to pull the sandstone.

The broken leg of Demon..~huge than mine~

That explains why the Demon looks so sad..its leg is broken.

The gate itself is shaped like an upside-down 'U' and is corbelled at the top.

The south gate of Angkor Thom approached from outside via a causeway that extends about fifty meters across a moat welcoming us to the Angkor Thom.


HenRy LeE ® said...

wahhhh... this place is so nice!! wana gooooo!!!!

Iban lady said...

it's a nice place indeed. go and pack ur things and go... go go go, munkey!! :P

M-Knight said...

I so wan to go there now.. making this my next travel destination...:D

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