The Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom

Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom
causeway to Angkor Thom
Approaching the Gates of Angkot Thom

Before entering the amazing city temple of Angkor Thom  we crossed the causeway spanning the moat in front of each tower.

Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom
Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom

These bridges have a row of devas on the left and asuras on the right. They are huge and towered over me as I stood next to them.

Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom
These Devas are Massive!!

Each row holding a naga in the attitude of a tug-of-war. This appears to be a reference to the myth of the Churning of the Sea of Milk.

Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom
Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom

The temple-mountain of the Bayon, or perhaps the gate itself, would then be the pivot around which the churning takes place. The nagas may also represent the transition from the world of men to the world of the gods (the Bayon), or be guardian figures. 

Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom
Walking through the entrance and looking back at the beautiful gates
Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom
Like a naughty child I always try and climb onto everything

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I am addicted to travelling and have been exploring the world for nearly two decades. Here I share my travel stories and pictures so that you can share in some of the amazing experiences I have along the way. When you travel you experience the culture and get to know the people of a country. Once you step out of your comfortzone you get to know the real country and experience it in a different way than ordinary tourists. My camera usually accompanies me everywhere I go so you can "see" and read about my journeys.

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