Stories in Stone
by John Burgess
Publisher: River Books
Language : English
The Sdok Kok Thom inscription has been studied by many scholars, being one of the most ancient sample of Old Khmer scripture.
The founding of an empire, the settling of frontier lands, a king’s gifting of gold pitchers and black-eared stallions to a Brahmin priest – these and other remarkable stories come down to us in one of the world’s most important ancient testaments. Recovered at a ruined temple in Thailand close to the Cambodian border, the 340-line chronicle unlocks the early history of the Khmer Empire.
About the Author
John Burgess first visited Cambodia in 1969, in his teen years. A former Washington Post foreign correspondent in Southeast Asia, he is the author of “Stories in Stones: The Sdok Kok Thom Inscription and the Enigma of Khmer History” and more recently “The Stairway Guide’s Daughter”, a work of fiction set in the 12th century at the clifftop temple of Preah Vihear, famous for its 2,400-step stairway.