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The Role of Women in Ancient Angkor

  • The history of Southeast Asia for the period 8th C to 13th C shows us how the Khmer Empire dominated the region. It was a time of living God Kings and wars. However a visit to Angkor, the capital of the Khmer Empire, shows us something about a certain position of women.
  • The role of women is not clear, but what is obvious to the visitor at Angkor is how most public buildings remaining today are adorned with individual sculptures of beautiful ladies in exotic styled costumes.
  • The costumes, etc, display confidence and style, happiness, feminine beauty, power and spiritual harmony. This popularity in display left in stone reflects something more than decoration. Each of the thousands of cataloged ladies is different. Each probably was an important person of the era.
  • Who were all these ladies and why no men ? This popularity of individual women in stone images throughout Angkor is Khmer, not present in other Southeast Asian people and there ancient monuments. These Khmer features of women are also present in Khmer monuments out side Angkor where the Khmer Empire once extended, such as at Phimai, Thailand
  • When visiting these temples and looking at the bas-relief carvings of these Khmer ladies you should distinguish between the stylized ' Apsaras' (dancing ladies) and the individual images of the ' Devatas'. The Guide books are not clear. They are not the Khmer ladies immortalized in stone, these are the ' Devatas '.