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this is one of the galleries of ANGKOR WAT which depicts churninf of the ocean . it is based on i think the 3rd incarnation of vishnu , a hindu god. vishnu is one of the 3 big gods in hindu mythology. the devas (gods) and the asuras (devils) were busy fighting and killing each other
, so vishnu intermediated and told them to churn the ocean to get AMRIT , which on drinking would make them immortal , but for this they would need to cooperate. they used a mountain (ive forgotten the name) to churn the ocean and they used a huge snake called sheshnag as the rope. while churning the ocean the mountain began to sink, so vishnu took the form of a huge turtle and rested the mountain on his shell. anyway later on the asuras were tricked and killed by the devas and good prevailed over evil . quite ironic!!!
this is a vishnu temple and the galleries depict some incarnation or the other of vishnu.
according to some of the statistics that i came across 97% of the cambodians are budhhists 1% christians, another 1 % muslims. there is no sign of hindus, however there are prominent traces on of hinduism all over the country . infact angkor wat is also on their flags. none of the local guides (even those belonging to apsara tours) knew the proper stories depicted on the wall . what a pity

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