Saturday, December 15, 2012

Goddesses No More...

The Apsaras are consider as celestial dancers, they are half women-half goddesses that performed at offering ceremonies and palace celebrations during the Angkorian Era. The elegant form of their fingers and circular movements of their hands symbolise their place between earthly groundedness and heavenly lightness.

Apsara dancing has undergo a lot of changes since the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. From an important motif in the walls of Angkor Wat it is now a part of tourist attraction where everyone can see in the streets of Siem Reap. The revolutionary transformation of this art is a proof that Cambodians value their art and culture in a way that they are proud to show it to the world.

This slideshow is a showcase on how the dance evolve in a way that the locals wanted it to share to people.

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