Preah Khan temple was dedicated to both Hinduism and Buddhism. Some kings believed in Hinduism and some kings believed in Buddhism in Khmer Empire.
Many statues of deity were placed along the approach. And they were pulling a long snake called Naga. Naga is also a deity. It was rooted in Hindu mythology. Yet it was believed that it guarded Buddha when he was enlightened. The statues depict a scene of a Hindu mythology called 'Samudra manthan'.
Unfortunately the part of the snake was broken during the civil war.
March 25, 2006
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