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Nang Sbek, The Cambodian Shadow Theater

by Alain Daniel

As a tribute to Prof. Alain Daniel, a distinguished Khmer language scholar and connoisseur of Cambodian arts who passed away in May 2020, we share his article on a Lakhon Nang Sbek (Shadow Theater) performance he witnessed in Siem Reap at the end of the 1960s.

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Nang Sbek, The Cambodian Shadow Theater

by Alain Daniel

Dating back from pre-Angkorean times, the Shadow Theater is inscribed on UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2008.

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Language: French

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Lokhon Khol and Agrarian Rituals

by Sara Sem

The rural origins of this Theatre Dance adopted at the Cambodian Royal Court since the 19th century.

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Language: French

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La toponymie khmère / Khmer Toponymy

by Saveros Pou (Lewitz)

How we can understand (or not) the names of ancient Khmer temples, settlements and landmarks in their modern forms.

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Languages: French, Khmer

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Names and Identities of the Boramey Spirits Possessing Cambodian Mediums

by Didier Bertrand

Enter the world of the 10,000 Boramey (good spirits) revered in Cambodia nowadays and whose origins go back to the dawn of Khmer civilization.

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Language: English

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Angkor Vogue: Sculpted Evidence of Imported Luxury Textiles in the Courts of Kings and Temples

by Gillian Green

Where did the elegant dames and gents of the Khmer Empire source the textiles for their garments?

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Language: English

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A spare-time painter in Angkor: Jean Commaille

by Nadine André-Pallois & Jean Commaille

A complete inventory of artworks left by Jean Commaille, first Curator of Angkor (1908-1916)

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Language: French

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Medicine and Culture in Ancient Cambodia

by Rethy Kieth Chhem

A vivid evocation of traditional medicine and healing techniques in Angkorean villages.

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Language: English

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Cultural Connections amidst Heritage Conundrums

by Senthilpavai Kasannian

A study of local Khmer values overshadowed bt tangible archeological remains in the Angkor area.

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Language: English

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Les doctrines médicales khmeres

by Rethy Kieth Chhem
An excellent summary of Khmer nosology (the branch of medical science dealing with the classification of diseases), and the traditional...
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Language: Khmer

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Nouvelles perspectives pour la connaissance de la fin de la période angkorienne

by Ludivine Provost-Roche

What happened in Khmer art and religious practice during the two last centuries of the Angkorean era?

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Language: French

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L'expression de la sensibilité dans l'art khmer/ Expressing Feelings in Khmer Ancient Arts

by Madeleine Giteau

"Harmony, gentleness and endearment" in Khmer statuary and sculptural art.

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Language: French

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Khmer Ceramics Represented on the Bayon and Banteay Chhmar

by Aedeen Cremin

Locally-made ceramics in Bayon and Banteay Chhmar bas-reliefs.

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Language: English

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Reclining Vishnu in Khmer Art/ Représentations khmeres du Visnu couché

by Mireille Bénisti

The Khmer sculptors' take on the 'Anantasayana Vishnu' Hindu motif.

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Language: French

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Serpents in Angkor, Apotheosis of a Decorative Motif

by Adalbert J. Gail

The Ananta serpent of Hindi origin and the Khmer Naga motifs in Angkorian sculptures and ornaments.

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Language: English

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Prasat Banteay Chhmar 3D Reconstruction, 1

by Olivier Cunin

A synthesis of the architectural history of Prasat Banteay Chhmar, the 'temple-garrison'.

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Language: English

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Prasat Banteay Chhmar 3D Reconstruction, 2

by Olivier Cunin

A synthesis of the architectural history of Prasat Banteay Chhmar, the 'temple-garrison'.

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Language: English

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Prasat Banteay Chhmar 3D Reconstruction, 3

by Olivier Cunin

A synthesis of the architectural history of Prasat Banteay Chhmar, the 'temple-garrison'.

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Language: English

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Prasat Banteay Chhmar 3D Reconstruction, 4

by Olivier Cunin

A synthesis of the architectural history of Prasat Banteay Chhmar, the 'temple-garrison'.

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Language: English

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Prasat Banteay Chhmar 3D Reconstruction, 5

by Olivier Cunin

A synthesis of the architectural history of Prasat Banteay Chhmar, the 'temple-garrison'.

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Language: English

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Prasat Banteay Chhmar 3D Reconstruction, 6

by Olivier Cunin

A synthesis of the architectural history of Prasat Banteay Chhmar, the 'temple-garrison'.

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Language: English

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Prasat Banteay Chhmar 3D Reconstruction, 7

by Olivier Cunin

A synthesis of the architectural history of Prasat Banteay Chhmar, the 'temple-garrison'.

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Language: English

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Banteay, Royal Palace at Mahendraparvata

by Jean-Baptiste "JB" Chevance

About the main structure in the "City on the Hill", Mahendraparvata, built by Jayavarman II upon the Kulen Plateau.

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Language: French

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Jayavarman VII 'Resthouse Temples'

by Mitch Hendrickson

'Shrines of Fire', guesthouses along the Royal Roads, hermitages for traveling worshippers...

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Language: English

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Planetary Alignement and Navagraha at Banteay Srei

by Asger Mollerup

Planet-alignement during the consecration of Banteay Srei Temple.

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Language: English

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Bhaisajyaguru and Tantric Medicine in Jayavarman VII Hospitals

by Rethy Kieth Chhem

Tantrism influence in Angkor-era medical theories and practice.

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Language: English

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Angkor's Roads: an Archaeo-Lexical Approach

by Eileen Lustig & Mitch Hendrickson

What the evolution of Old Khmer and Sanskrit terminology tells us about the road and communication system in the Khmer Empire.

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Language: English

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A la découverte d'un hôpital angkorien (An Angkorian Hospital)

by Christophe Pottier & Rethy Kieth Chhem

Excavations related to medicine and healthcare in Angkorean times.

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Language: French

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Reconfiguring Kingdoms: the end of Angkor and the emergence of Early Modern period Cambodia

by Martin Polkinghorne

Spatial and methodological suggestions for a renewed study of Angkor decline and the transition to early modern Cambodia.

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Language: English

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The Hydraulic System of Banteay Chhmar

by Damian Evans & John Sanday
How deforestation and kassava extensive culture have destabilized the Banteay Chhmar water system, an intricate network that had worked for...
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Banteay Chhmar and the Military Protector Hevajra

by Peter D. Sharrock

The god-figure of Hevajra in the puzzling temple complex of Banteay Chhmar, northwest of Angkor.

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Language: English

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Le rôle du Sanskrit dans le développement de la langue khmère (Sanskrit and The Development of Khmer Language)

by Kunthea Chhom

Une étude épigraphique du VI au XIV eme siecles | Epigraphic studies from the 6th to the 14th century.

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Languages: English, French, Khmer, Sanskrit

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Lexicon for Angkor lovers and researchers

by Angkor Database

From 'acharya' to 'yuga', we collect and explain the many archeological, historical, architectural, cultural and religious terms related to Angkorean research.

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Languages: English, French, Khmer, Chinese, Sanskrit, Thai

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Vihear Phnom Bei

by Angkor Database

The Vihear (Monastery) Phnom Bei, Kulen foothills.

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Languages: English, Khmer

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Diogo Do Couto, ADB Reference Document

by Diogo Do Couto & Angkor Database

Trilingual and complete version of Antonio da Madalena's relation of his visit to Angkor in 1551.

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Languages: English, French, Portuguese

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Post-colonial Discourses on the Cambodian Court Dance

by Hideo Sasagawa

How independent Cambodia revisited the ancestral tradition of Royal dance.

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Language: English

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Mahendraparvata: The City on The Hill

by Jean-Baptiste "JB" Chevance & Damian Evans & Nina Isabella Hofer & Sakada Sakhoeun

Probably the major archeological finding for the year 2019, result of a 20-year prospection on Phnom Kulen Plateau.

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Languages: English, French

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Étude de la distribution des apsaras "avec ou sans diademe" (Apsaras and their ornaments in Angkor Wat)

by Prakaidao "Tian" Phurksakasemsuk

A thorough study of the female figures "inhabiting" Angkor Wat leads the author to novel considerations about the symbolic and social roles of the Apsaras.

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Language: French

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The Ruins of Angkor

by Cecyl Holliday

A 1931 account of Angkor, "the city of mystery".

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Language: English

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Henri Mouhot´s Travels in Siam, Cambodia and Laos, 1858-1860

by Charles Mouhot & Henri Alexandre Mouhot

First edition of Henri Mouhot's famous relation on his journeys through Indochina.

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Language: English

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Khmer Temples and the Astronomic True East

by Asger Mollerup

GPS-based field research on Khmer temples in Northeastern Thailand.

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Language: English

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The Decline and Fall of Angkor (12th-15th Century)

by Patmawan Buranamat

A contemporary summary of various explanations regarding the decline and fall of Angkor as a "megacity".

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Language: English

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Stones to Angkor

by Collective

Dating Khmer Temples construction along the East Royal Road with the provenance of sandstone blocks, based on their magnetic susceptibility.

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Language: English

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Noblemen, Bureaucrats or Strongmen?

by Dominic Goodall

Who were the "vassal kings" or "governors" in Cambodia's pre-Angkorian times?

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Language: English

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The Origins of the Civilization of Angkor

by Charles F. H. Higham

How a constellation of tribes and linguistic systems derivating from Bronze and Iron Ages led to the Angkor civilization.

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King in the Temple: Jayavarman VII Case Study

by Christophe Pottier

A study in the only four statuary representations of a major Angkorian sovereign.

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Language: French

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Following the non-money trail

by Eileen Lustig & Terry Lustig

Why the vast, complex hirerarchic and social organization in Angkor never developed its own monetary system.

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Language: English

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Le théâtre et la danse au Cambodge

An inspired, often poetical evocation of the ancestral Khmer dance

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Language: French

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The End of Angkor?

by David Brotherson

Modification and re-use of walls and fortifications through the declining phase of Greater Angkor.

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Language: English

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About André Malraux's Infamous Expedition to Banteay Srei

by Raoul-Marc Jennar

The letter André Malraux sent to French Resident-General after being assigned to house-arrest for looting Banteay Srei temple

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Language: French

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António da Madalena, "First European in Angkor"

A biographical notice of the Portuguese friar who went to Angkor in the 16th century.

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Languages: English, Portuguese

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"Aksoon Khoom": Khmer Heritage in Thai & Lao Manuscript Cultures

by Jana Igunma

The Khoom Script, in its diverse versions, among Thai and Lao manuscripts.

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Language: English

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Rediscovering Less-Famous Temples

by Avy Travel Blog

Out-of-the-beaten-path and yet wondrous smaller temples revisited by a group of young Cambodian bloggers

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Language: English

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The World's Oldest Plan of Angkor

by Yoshiaki Ishizawa

Who drew the very first known plan of Angkor Wat, the "Jetavana"?

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Languages: English, Japanese

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Chinese Ceramics at Angkor

by Aedeen Cremin

Tomb excavations around Angkor and Phnom Kulen areas show a persistent presence of ceramic objects imported from China.

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Language: English

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Khmer Religion

by Anne Hansen

Entry in the International Encyclopedia of Religion, 2d edition

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Language: English

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On Zhou Daguan's Customs of Cambodia

by Paul Eugène Pelliot

Foreword of Paul Pelliot's translation of the 13th century account on Angkor by Chinese diplomat Zhou Daguan.

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Languages: French, Chinese

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Bernard Philippe Groslier, A Biography

by Elizabeth Moore

Bernard Philippe Groslier (1926-1986), a formidable figure in the history of Angkorian studies.

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Language: English

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Louis Delaporte, un amoureux de l'Orient

by Elisabeth Grillo-Nicolini

A short evocation of French explorer and artist Louis Delaporte, one of the pioneers in collecting and documenting Ancient Khmer art.

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Language: French

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Dance as Devotion

by Chloe Calderon Chotrani

Indic Influences on Dance as Devotion in Angkor

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Angkorian Grandeur & Post-Colonial Cambodia (1953-1970)

by Michael S. Falser

Angkorian legacy played a central part in the building of national identity and cultural fabric of independent Cambodia.

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Language: English

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The CKS Library, Wat Damnak, Siem Reap

by Marie Eiriksson

Set amongst Wat Damnak serene gardens, the most comprehensive library in Siem Reap

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Language: English

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Khmer Ceremonies Around The Year, Part I

by Éveline Porée-Maspero

The first and only attempt to a summary of the major religious and cultural celebrations in Cambodia

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Language: French

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Khmer Ceremonies Around The Year, Part II

by Éveline Porée-Maspero

The first and only attempt to a summary of the major religious and cultural celebrations in Cambodia

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Language: French

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Le Cambodge, Part III

by Etienne Aymonier
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Language: French

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Le Cambodge, Part II

by Etienne Aymonier
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Le Cambodge

by Etienne Aymonier
Seminal essay on Cambodia, the land, its people and its history. Then director of the Ecole Coloniale, Etienne Aymonier was...
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Is Angkor Wat a 12th-century Facebook?

by Andrew Buncombe
"They stand and stare like silent sentinels, sensuous rather than erotic, carved with elegance and care. But exactly who are...
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The PĀŚUPATA Sect in Ancient Cambodia and Champa

by Swati Chemburkar & Shivani Kapoor
From bas-reliefs at the My Son Temple, Indian researchers Swati Chemburkar and Shivani Kapoor retrace the presence of an ascetic...
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Dancing architecture at Angkor: ‘Halls with dancers’ in Jayavarman VII's temples

by Swati Chemburkar
Who were the dancers at King Jayavarman VII's court? What was the social status of these highly skilled and sophisticated...
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The Land of The White Elephant / Part 1

by Frank Vincent
First travel account by an American citizen through the lands of Burma, Siam, Cambodia and Cochin-China, Frank Vincent Jun.'s book...
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The Land of The White Elephant / Part 2

by Frank Vincent
First travel account by an American citizen through the lands of Burma, Siam, Cambodia and Cochin-China, Frank Vincent Jun.'s book...
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La Route Sacrée/Sacred Road to Angkor

by Catherine Vanesse
From Phimai (Isan Province, Thailand) to Angkor, 225 km graced by Khmer Temples and ancient buildings. 
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Languages: English, French

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Matching Statues and Pedestals

by Anthony Kuhn
Apart from the legal aspect in terms of international laws and protection of the Cambodian cultural heritage, the return of...
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Language: English

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Inventory of French Doctoral Dissertations on Southeast Asia

by Annabel Vallard
From architecture to philosophy, all the PhD dissertations inscribed to the French Academic Registry since year 2000. Related to the...
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Languages: English, French

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Economie, sociologie et pouvoir / La société cambodgienne (1863-1886)

by Maurice Comte
The masterful work of French economist and sociologist Maurice Comte explores the post-Angkor and post-Cambodian Dark Ages era, prelude to...
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Language: French

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Water Management in Angkor

by Collective
An archeological approach of the management of water resources in Angkorian times. Saving and keeping water for a growing population...
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The Angkorian Palimpsest

by Fabienne Luco

Daily Life of Villagers Living on a World Heritage Site: Angkor in Cambodia.

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Language: English

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The Khmer Dance Project

by Suppya Nut
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The Legend of Apsara Mera

by Suppya Nut
Detailed analysis of Princess Norodom Buppha Devi’s choreography for the Royal Ballet of Cambodia. Behind the dance compositions, a whole...
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Language: English

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La religion des Cambodgiens

by Fabienne Luco
A clear and concise essay on Buddhism Theravada as it is followed in Cambodia.
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Language: French

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Les habitants d'Angkor, thèse de doctorat

by Fabienne Luco
Conclusions d'une vaste these d'anthrophologie sociale et d'ethnologie presentant "une lecture dans l’espace et dans le temps des inscriptions sociales...
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Language: French

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Apsara Authority Guidelines

by Khun-Neay Khuon
Principles for the preservation of Angkor Archeological Park, issued by The Apsara Authority when the Khmer Temples site entered the...
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Languages: English, Khmer

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Roads to and from Angkor

by Mitch Hendrickson
Pioneer academic work on the ¨Historic Routes to Angkor¨
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The Lost City of Cambodia: Mahendraparvata

by Chiara Goia & Joshua Hammer

Lidar exploration shows a "template of Angkor Wat" high on the Phnom Kulen plateau.

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Language: English

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