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Drawing /These are Apsaras, figures of Hindu mythology: beautiful dancing girls who are the wives of the Ghandarvas.
The Ghandarvas are the court servants of Indra, king of the demi-gods, and make the music to which their wives dance in the celestial palaces.
According to Hindu legend the �elixir of immortality� was lost in the mythological Ocean of Milk and the gods went looking for it. It is said that these goddesses were born from the ocean of milk; water nymphs that were pulled from the ocean by the Hindu Devas (gods); Visuki, the god of serpents and a group of morally corrupt demons, the Asuras.
The sultry adventures of the nymphs are recounted in the Mahabharata, in which they are described as having ultimate power over both mortal and immortal males due to their unsurpassed beauty and elegance.
These divine creatures are said to have the ability to change their forms and as the willing servants of Indra they used their seductive charms and beauty to seduce mortals, kings and wise men who may have threatened Indra�s power. The goddesses would appear to men with their torsos bare and their wrists and ankles adorned with gold.In the Angkor Wat Complex in Siem Reap, these goddesses are particularly prominent at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon and Ta Prohm appearing in many different reliefs, but always dancing. In Angkor Wat temple alone there are around 1,800 dancing goddesses carvings. ( holiday-in-angkor-wat.com) Drawing by Daliana Pacuraru
December 29th, 2012
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