Boy at Banteay Srei

A young boy stands at the front entrance of Banteay Srei, near Phnom Dei in Cambodia. Known today as the “citadel of the women” or “citadel of beauty,” Banteay Srei (ប្រាសាទបន្ទាយស្រី) is a 10th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Built of embellished red sandstone, it is the only Khmer temple not constructed by a monarch. However, its representational and spiritual similarities to Hindu Chăm temples, built in the neighboring Champa kingdom, makes Banteay Srei stand out as a valued counterpart of the Hindu temples built in “Farther India.”

 

  • Date: June 27, 2010

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