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…

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?…

Buddha Sleeps

The only reason I wore long pants on my first day in Cambodia was so I could enter the temple sanctuary at Angkor Wat. It was quite the challenge because both heat and humidity were hovering around 100. 100% Humidity. 100 Deg F (38C). We reached the sanctuary a couple hours of exploring the ancient…