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Time, Space, and Astronomy in Angkor Wat

08/2002;
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this article, we review the main aspects of the cosmology and astronomy of the temple. Since the connections of this to the Puran

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    • "The presence of a complex religious symbolism is selfevident , and this is reflected in the planning and in the orientations of these buildings (see e.g. Malville and Gujral 2000, Kak 2001). It is, in particular, well known that almost all the temples, enclosures and barays of Angkor and Roulos are oriented cardinally, with main entrance to the east (except Angkor Vat, which opens to the west). "
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    ABSTRACT: Among the magnificent temple complexes built during the Khmer empire, two single out both for their distance from the Angkor heartland as well as for their anomalous, not cardinal, orientation: Koh Ker and Preah Khan of Kompong Svay. Their orientations are shown here to be connected with two relevant astronomical phenomena, namely the zenith passages of the sun and the rising of the Moon at the northern maximal standstill, respectively.
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