The Protecting Devas of Angkor Thom

The Protecting Devas of Angkor Thom

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

The Protecting Devas of 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.

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.

The Protecting Devas of 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. 

The Protecting Devas of Angkor Thom
Walking through the entrance and looking back at the beautiful gates

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