Angkor Day 2
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Today we hired a tuk-tuk driver to get us to several temples outside of bike range. Bantey Srei, Kbal Spean, and Bantey Samre.
Bantey Srei is a remarkably small temple--better proportioned for children than adults. Its compact nature reminded me of a playhouse version of other temples we'd seen, but the flowing architecture and intricate carvings were beautiful. The modern name, Bantey Srei, means "Citadel of the Women", as the unique nature of its art-style appears far more feminine than others in the area. The temple's original name, translated from an inscription, was Tribhuvanamahesvara, which means "Great Lord of the Threefold World", referring in this case to Shiva, to which the temple was dedicated.
Kbal Spean isn't technically a temple, but a place.
Bantey Samre is relatively isolated from many of the other main structures and receives fewer visitors. No inscriptions have been discovered, so information on it's history is lacking, but historians estimate it to have been built in the early 12th century.
As usual the children came to us with false puppy-eyes, strained attempts to look downtrodden, and the ubiquitous whinny voices, badgering us to buy postcards or books or to give them money. But by now we knew the drill and as soon as the rain started falling, the children began to laugh, run, dance and play. It was a pleasure to watch the victims these children play every day wash away with the rain.
If you've met us personally, you know how emotionally sensitive we are. You know how much we empathize with the plight of people in need, often to a fault, especially children.