Hey, do you want to know the answers to questions that are unanswered in the Angkor history books? Questions such as what were the major rulers’ royal emblems? And what did those royals look like? Who betrayed them? What disruptive changes did they make?
According to Siem Reap’s boundary-pushing Khmer photographer Phalika, these and other questions can be answered by careful scrutiny of stone sculpting at the monuments in Angkor Park.
She’s walked the walk, done the study and her photographic evidence is now compiled in a book titled, The Ancient Secrets of a Royal Triad Decoded: Jayavarman, Indradevi and Jayarajadevi.
According to Phalika, the book delivers, “The first research that engages, encourages and empowers the readers to explore and walk the trails of the new discoveries in real time and place of their world heritage site. A work that challenges the old paradigm and introduces new approaches to revisit Angkorian era. It follows a clear logic with visual evidence to solve the enigma of King Jayavarman, Queen Indradevi and Queen Jayarajadevi, the most famous rulers in Khmer history.”
Phalika adds that the book is, “About a curious Khmer using photography to rewrite history.”
The 58 – page book has 105 photos and seven colour illustrations, and is in three languages: English, French and Khmer. Ebook downloads in pdf format are available for $25 at: www.phalikan.com/media/book/index.html.