Apsaras, Angkor Wat

Apsaralutely fabulous

This is my first postcard from Cambodia, courtesy of Zarah at Postcards Crossing.  There’s no need for me to say anything about this card; Zarah tells us all we need to know:

“These are… carvings of Apsaras and they are Khmer angels. They possess great beauty and are often portrayed as voluptuous beings.  Buddhists believe that Apsaras descend on Earth to replace the old ones already here guarding the Earth, once every Khmer New Year. This year the (Khmer New Year) was celebrated last April 14-16 and Cambodians welcome the new batch of Apsaras by offering food and lighting candles. A lot of Apsaras are carved in the walls and galleries of ancient Khmer temples such as Angkor Wat, and they are still in perfect detail and condition, as if (they) were carved only recently…. Hope you like it.”  I do, and henceforth you shall be known as ap-Zarah.

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5 Responses

  1. Beth says:

    WOW! What beautifully carved Egyptians, and the postcard is most unusual.

  2. Not Egyptians, but Khmer. Cambodians.

  3. Terry says:

    Hi
    Thank you for sharing this postcard .
    These are fabulous carvings .
    Cambodia is such a beautiful land .
    So much ancient history to be explored.
    Have a happy weekend.
    Happy Trails

  4. Look how shiny their breasts are. I think people have been rubbing them for luck!
    We got your package this week. A fun collection of cards. Almudena put the butterfly card up on the mantelpiece next to the first one, and Julián loved the USS Alabama. I went to that antique shop here in Oxford that I mentioned and you’ll have an interesting package heading your way this week.

  5. It took me a while to find my postcard here and I’m pleasantly surprised it has thus been nicknamed ap-Zarah. I heart. You’re the man!
    Sean is right, the shiny breasts were because of people rubbing them rather enthusiastically. I’m not sure if its for good luck though.

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