Apsaras in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Not to be confused with Devatas,  Apsaras, (A Sanskrit word meaning “from the water”) are the female spirit of clouds and water; celestial dancers or water nymphs who had the duty of dancing on the waters and in the heavens to entertain higher gods. Apsaras means beautiful supernatural girls who are able to change their shapes at will. They are youthful and elegant, and superb in the art of dancing and music. Understand that while Devatas (please see my earlier post) usually have their feet on the ground in the bas reliefs, Apsaras usually appear in a group and dancing .CSC_0328

In Angkor Wat temple, they were on walls and pillars, lintels and window frames. I found myself surrounded by apsara everywhere I turned. Although they were all carved in stone,  each apsara (above) showed slightly different appearances, either in facial expression, pose or costume and adornments.

67 thoughts on “Apsaras in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

  1. How is it going, retired professional gentleman in Asia? I am very close to hitting 1 million views. The counter is on my “About” page after today’s change in themes, and I admit to doing that too often.

    There is something very intoxicating about that stone carving.

  2. Hi Michael, the asparas seemed well maintained. They looked so lively, like they are really dancing when i click to enlarge the view of the photo. Lovely indeed 🙂

  3. I’d give you half a dozen likes if I could, to bump up your numbers. Still, the one like is heartfelt. I like to look, but also to know what I’m looking at. Lovely.

    • Hi bulldog, the details are fine and lively. I have to agree with you that such craftsmanship may no longer exist today – they may only be seen in historical places. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  4. Its pleasure to visit your blog.l enjoy every post.Each time l see your like on one of my 2012 posts l appreciate your time. Jalal

  5. Wow! Such a wonderful post and blog. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by my page, I’m definitely glad I came here! Best wishes to you and have a beautiful spring weekend, new friend.

  6. Ah to be so limber! They could be on America’s Most Talented if they were alive today! That’s not something we see much of here in California, for sure! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  7. The intricate detail of those stone carvings is simply amazing. I ‘like” it so it will appear on my site as a place people should come see. Thanks for the like of my Weekly Photo Challenge post representing “Change”.

    • It was undertaken at a time when they still have the very fine craftsmen; may take even more time if we have to handcraft them now ! Thank you 🙂

  8. A fascinating series of posts, that I have just gone back to review. In this post I like the way you have carefully drawn attention to the differences between Devatas and Apsaras, very educational. The whole series of posts has been accompanied by insightful details in the description.

    • I am sure some of the readers from that part of the world would like more than I do; in fact, some have augmented with very useful information which I didn’t know. Thanks for the kind words 🙂

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