... One more postcard showing Angkor Wat... I wonder if there is something else to see in Cambodia because over the years the only postcards that I've received are from this site o͜͡o... this one is slightly different... no visit to Cambodia is complete without seeing women performing the ancient art of apsara dance, as depicted on the walls of Angkor’s temples... the training for apsaras dancers is very intensive and must be started at an early age... there are at least 4.500 basic moves and gestures to learn... the hand gestures of the dance are especially iconic, with the wrists and fingers curved back at extraordinary angles... with nice matching stamp... Big Thanks once more Ravindra!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
The Apsaras Dance – sometimes written as Apsara Dance – is a classical Khmer performance art inspired by the water and cloud spirit of Hindu and Buddhist mythology.
The Apsaras are a common feature of bas-reliefs on the walls of the Angkor temples near Siem Reap, shown in the same tight-fitting traditional dress, ornate headdress and gilded jewellery the modern dancers wear.
In 2003, the dance was recognized by UNESCO as a ‘Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’
Photo:Ⓒ 20&0 by Kraig Lieb
Ⓒ 2017 Purple Moon Publications
Khmer Culture - Banteay Srei Temple