Lone Monk

There were a few Buddhist monks at Angkor Wat…not as many as I would expected for such an important Buddhist site. I expected to see dozens but saw a handful at most. This young monk sat near a statue of the Buddha. It’s just over his left shoulder. He talked to people and prayed with…

Monochrome Monday: The Back Seat

All of our traveling in Cambodia was by Tuk Tuk. Our driver was Tom. At least, that was his English name. We never did get his Cambodian name. Top speed was 30ish miles per hour so all our drivers were leisurely. Most importantly, the speed generated a breeze that cooled off our hot and sweaty…

The Pillars

The pillars were a common theme throughout Angkor Wat. There were typically two layers of pillars creating a corridor between them. Few decorations remain. I imagine in their hey day each was covered top to bottom with carvings as can be seen near the foot of the pillar on the right. This would have been…

Silent Dancers

Of the 1000s of murals carved into the hallowed walls of Angkor Wat, we came upon these tiny, female dancers. They held my wonder. As I stared at them, I imagined them coming to life and dancing for the king. Supple, lithe bodies twirling. Moving for what? For the rains? For fertility? To pacify angry gods?…