Weekly photo Challenge: Life Imitates Art ( Devatas)

This week’s DP photo challenge is Life Imitates Art.

I am still not sure whether Life Imitates Art or Art Imitates Life.

Or maybe Imitate is not the word.

I think life influences art and art influences life.

Art is created by artists who are influenced by life and art of others, so this is quite nebulous.IMGP1128

This is a picture taken in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

It shows Devatas which are so real – so was it the artist who created this image after seeing people in real life or was he/she influenced by art. I don’t really know.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic (Cambodia)

Here is an image of the Asparas in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

The image is basically monochromatic.IMGP1194

Here is an introduction from Wikipedia:
Apsaras are beautiful, supernatural female beings. They are youthful and elegant, and superb in the art of dancing. They are often wives of the Gandharvas, the court musicians of Indra. They dance to the music made by the Gandharvas, usually in the palaces of the gods, entertain and sometimes seduce gods and men. As ethereal beings who inhabit the skies, and are often depicted taking flight, or at service of a god, they may be compared to angels.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol ( Angkor)

This week’s DP photo challenge is Symbol.

A symbol is an object that represents, stands for or suggests an idea, visual image, belief, action or material entity. Symbols take the form of words, sounds, gestures or visual images and are used to convey ideas and beliefs.

This week, I will be showing some symbols.IMGP1246

I hope they are self explanatory. For those that I don’t explain – the reason is clear – I don’t know the meaning behind them either!

This image was taken in Angkor, Cambodia.

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.