Devatas at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

As we walked into the temples of Angkor Wat, one thing that caught our very eyes are the Devata reliefs for which Angkor Wat has some 1,796 of them.

Devata means ‘deity, divinity, or goddess’. Their images are in the likeness of worldly females: queens, princesses, other ladies from the court, or just pretty ladies.DSC_0056

Devatas are considered as the divine guardian spirits of sacred palaces.  They help to transform man-made buildings into  sanctified areas. They are the Khmer equivalent of Guardian Angels in our mythology. Their charm and sensuality are an obvious representation of the divine.CSC_0323

In the beauty of their eternal youth, Devatas are guarding and adorning the temple.  All of them are different and unique, with  fabulous headdresses, costumes, sarongs and adornments (see above pictures).  According to the customs of the period when they were sculptured, they are bare breasted. Not knowing the principles of the perspective, the sculptors had problems to depict the feet in these flat reliefs; they turned them to one side unnaturally.

Thinking back, the trip to  Angkor Wat was a trip in which I was totally lost in details and was awed by them.