Anti-god statue found in Cambodia

(ORDO NEWS) — A centuries-old sandstone statue of the head of the anti-god Asura was discovered in the famous archaeological park of Angkor in Cambodia.

The Xinhua news agency reported the opening, citing data from the National Administration of Cambodia ANA. The discovery was made in front of the southern gate of the temple Tom.

Experts determined that the statue depicted Asura. In Buddhist mythology, it was a demigod, titan, or anti-god, depending on the context. By the way, similar definitions of this mythical creature are given in Hinduism.

Chhuk Somala, head of the ANA Department of Monuments Conservation and Preventive Archeology Registration Team, said the statue of Asura’s head was found during excavations. The latter were held at the place where kiosks selling souvenirs were recently installed.

As it turned out now, the stalls were located directly above the relics, which lay at a shallow depth – about 30 to 40 centimeters.

According to Somal, the found head of Asura is quite large. Its height is 60 centimeters, width – 65 centimeters, thickness – 59 centimeters. Unfortunately, it was broken into three pieces.

However, experts have already managed to connect them and recreate the sculpture.

According to the style of manufacture, scientists have determined that this statue was installed simultaneously with the construction of the Bayon temple during the reign of King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th and early 13th centuries.

The statue has already been delivered to the Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum for storage. Archaeologists will now focus their efforts on finding the body of this sculpture.


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