Hindu gods feature prominently in Khmer religion and art. By far, the most well known is Vishnu the Creator, commonly seen in benign poses with four arms. But there are many incidences where Vishnu the Supreme God has eight or more. These multi-armed depictions are symbols of dominance or war. A four-armed Vishnu is featured creating the celestial ocean of milk in the eastern gallery of Angkor Wat. The most impressive Vishnu statue at Angkor has eight arms and is found to the right of the western gallery entrance of Angkor Wat. The statue had been repaired in the past with a concrete reproduction of the head that had been lost. The original head and body were reunited in 2003. The reclining Vishnu at Kbal Spean was brutally hacked off the rock in 2003, and an ugly scar remained until it was replaced in August 2006. My favourite Vishnu images, carved in brick, can be seen at the small temple of Prasat Kravan to the south east of the Grand Circuit. He is depicted with eight arms in the central sanctuary tower. Vishnu can be seen to either side, riding on a garuda (half-man, half-bird) and spanning the universe.
Temple Watch: Heavily armed gods
- Ethnic group ‘disappointed’ to be denied French visas to attend court
Eleven people at the centre of a case involving seven indigenous Bunong villages in Mondulkiri province pursuing legal action in France have expressed disappointment after the French embassy in Phnom Penh denied their visa applications to attend court. A press release said the 11 included a
- Cambodia nabs 12th place in best retirement destinations
Cambodia is an expatriate hotspot for those dreaming of living a more luxurious lifestyle at an affordable cost, according to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2019. For the fourth year in a row, Cambodia took the top spot in the Cost of Living category.
- EU starts EBA withdrawal
The EU on Monday announced that it has begun the 18-month process of withdrawing the Kingdom’s access to its preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement over “a deterioration of democracy [and] respect for human rights”. However, the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) said
- PM: War result of foreign meddling
Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday that Cambodia’s recent history of conflict was caused by foreign interference. “The wars that happened were caused by provocation, incitement, support, smearing and interference from foreign powers, and the group of ignorant people who pushed Cambodia to