Churning the Sea of Milk - Angkor Watt's Marine Survey

One of the best creation myths,  Angkor Watt's elegant frieze of asuras and devas churning the sea of milk might also double in as a survey of the marine life of the twelfth century commissioned by Khmer king Suryavarman I. The whole relief, a consummate drama of swish and pull, watched over by Amsara, underpinned by fish, runs the length of a colonnade but seems to be longer than its 160 feet length, especially as the doorways ahead recede in a perfect regression, and to the right the open field pulses deep green in the heat.

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