August 2, 2011 / Photo Shoots
Regal Ruins in Preah Khan
Not many people know this – but Angkor Wat is only one of more than 100 temples in the famous Siem Reap/Angkor ruins in Cambodia. If you have never been to this part of the world, you may experience a culture shock as you will come across many beggars and touts – many of whom are landmine amputees and children. I took this photograph at the Preah Khan temple, once occupied by a great Khmer king – the structure you see at the middle of the cross-section of consecutive hallways is a lingam-yoni shrine. It’s pretty bizarre – you’ll never guess what it symbolizes. The “lingam” pillar is a phallic symbol, which rests on the “yoni” pedestal, as the name suggests, a yonic symbol.