Sunday, 31 January 2021

Cambodia - Kim Wilde

 To continue and finalise the

Southeast Asian Odyssey

from Ho Chi Minh City it is a relatively short flight to the capital of

Phnom Penn
and according to taste the best country Flag in the World.
Only time for one full day in the city it was then another distant Long-Fin Boat ride, via
The Killing Fields

to pay our  respects at the monument that is full of human skulls of those who dared to carry a Biro for instance, during the Pol Pot regime 1975 to 1979 - "When will we ever Learn"?

Then onward to the huge lake, that is the 

 Tonle Sap

(from which more fish are caugh annually than any other fresh watercourse in the world) 

and the small town of Seim Reap which is the delightful springboard for the mighty

1000 building across 400 acres which is only the 'tip of an Iceburg' yet to be discovered.
We had, neither of us, ever seen such magnificence
as every single rock and stone
is adorned by the Mason's / Carver's skills,
not even the riverbeds
which were dry at the time of our visit.

spread their gigantic roots over stones, probing walls and terraces apart, as their branches and leaves intertwine to form a roof over the structures.

Just one of dozen upon dozen of Deities which soon get you
puffed out under the relentless Sun so maybe time for
a 'couple' of these?
We also made time to savour
a local 'concoction' of a strong spiring enfussed with powdered deer antler
while admiring the
never go home saying to yourself, "I wish I had"!
Over 2 full days we were certainly going to leave the
Best until Last
as there is nothing we could compare with the rest of the Complex or even across the World to the

that is
The Churning of the Ocean of Milk

Mount Mandarachala was used as the churning rod and Vasuki (King of the Serpents) became the churning rope. The asuras demanded to hold the head of the snake, while the devas, taking advice from Vishnu, agreed to hold its tail.

As a result the demons were poisoned by fumes emitted by the mouth of Vasuki while they churned his body. Despite this, the demigods and demons pulled back and forth on the snake’s body alternately, causing the mountain to rotate, which in turn would churn the ocean.

However, once the asuras carried the mountain and placed it in the ocean, it began to sink. Vishnu in his second incarnation, in the form of a turtle Kurma, came to their rescue and supported the mountain on his back. We had never before, or since, witnessed anything quite like this!!


1 comment:

  1. Brilliant..Great..Fantastic...
    AND ALL the other words of praise
    that go with them..

    I must admit Capt, as l've got older,
    l'm watching a lot more documentary
    programs on far out places, and learning
    a lot more about culture and especially
    the food..
    Nice one..Thanks! :)