Heavenly Bodies / Angkor's Angels

Story offer: words & pictures

Location: Angkor, Cambodia

Subject: Angkor's striking female images, in ancient stone and in modern life

Title: Heavenly Bodies / Angkor's Angels

Story offer 1: photo essay

The most striking images (apart from the huge face towers) at Angkor are the apsaras, the heavenly maidens carved in relief on all the temples, but most especially and most frequently on the great temple of Angkor Wat.

The most striking people you see at Angkor are the Cambodian wedding couples having their pictures taken in front of Angkor Wat, the gorgeously dolled-up brides and bridesmaids looking like modern-day apsaras.

The star turn in the cultural entertainment presented in the tourist hotels is the apsara dance, whose costumes and movements come down from the ancient royal court. The apsara dancers are living history.

The photo essay combines and contrasts these three elements with fine images, and explains in the text the historical/cultural/religious significance of the apsaras.

Story offer 2: feature (words & pictures)

The most striking images (apart from the huge face towers) at Angkor are the apsaras, the heavenly maidens carved in relief on all the temples, but most especially and most frequently on the great temple of Angkor Wat.

The most striking people you see at Angkor are the Cambodian wedding couples having their pictures taken in front of Angkor Wat, the gorgeously dolled-up brides and bridesmaids looking like modern-day apsaras.

The star turn in the cultural entertainment presented in the tourist hotels is the apsara dance, whose costumes and movements come down from the ancient royal court. The apsara dancers are living history.

The story ties all these elements together, explains the historical/cultural/religious significance of the apsaras, takes a tour around the temples upon whose walls they are carved, and illustrates them with a string of fine images

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