Posts Tagged "Khmer folklore"

APAD 255: Sentry

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia, sights, That's My World, travel | 3 comments

A  stone statue of the mythical solar lion is silhouetted against the sky at dusk. Photo taken at the Angkor Wat complex in Siem Reap province,  Cambodia.

There are no lions in Southeast Asia but in Cambodia and Thailand, the mythical solar lion is a common fixture. In Cambodia they are found in Khmer temples and monuments, usually at the entrance gates. They stand guard together with the lunar mythical animal, the seven-headed nagas or serpents.

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