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54 Demons at Angkor Thom

54 Demons at Angkor Thom

At the south gate, 54 demons pull on their side of the naga with the city's 75-foot entrance tower, or gopura. Atop the tower, four faces represent Jayavarman VII, the late 12th century builder of Angkor Thom. His face is on all the entrance towers, as well as all over the Bayon, and though the expression is mild, the political symbolism is totalitarian. Below the faces, on either side of the narrow entrance, there are three-headed elephants: they, too, according to the myth, were created by the churning of the ocean of milk.

Canon EOS 10D
1/125s f/13.0 at 15.0mm iso200 full exif

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globalgadabout29-Dec-2007 18:49
excellent composition
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