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Notes on the Geography of Cambodia (Angkor): Roluos Group: Photo 8

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The false door on the same tower shows the already mature decorative style of the Khmers, not only with sandstone lintel but with decorative motifs that would last for centuries. Here, for example, is the jawless monster Kala, who had tasted the elixir of immortality: he was beheaded--losing his jaw in the process--but he did not die. Instead, garlands spew from his mouth, representing the elixir he had tasted. Entering the tower thus signifies entering immortality. The Kala motif is very widespread throughout the areas penetrated by Hinduism and Buddhism.

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