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As the history recorded between 800 AD and 1181 AD reveals, Cambodia was parceled into numerous, amorphous sovereignties. These were ruled by kings of Indian descent, indoctrinated in Shivaism (a form of Hinduism), who influenced and subjugated the indigenous Khmer people. Rulers erected and worshiped sculptures of lingams (male genitalia) inserted in yonis (female genitalia) inside temples. The Shivaist kings instigated a period of violence, servitude, and civil wars that continued for 381 years.
The year 1181 AD marked the beginning of the 38 year reign of King Jayavarman VII, who is recognized for conquering Cambodia’s warring states and uniting them into one Khmer Empire. Supported by his two queens Indradevi and Jayarajadevi, King Jayavarman VII left the largest territorial imprint in Cambodian history. Numerous temples serving various functions – some as memorials to his parents and others as educational and administrative centers – were built, as well as more than 100 hospitals for the populace and multiple rest stops for weary travelers along roadways.
Most important, these three social pioneers adopted Buddhism over the entrenched Shivaism. King Jayavarman VII, along with Queen Indradevi and Queen Jayarajadevi, created a blueprint for building and transforming an empire into a civilized nation by empowering its inhabitants with healthcare, education, and equal rights for women under the umbrella of their Buddhist models. The efforts of these benevolent Cambodian rulers resulted in sweeping social changes and the transition from an egoistic monarchy to an altruistic sovereignty.
With the undetermined demises of King Jayavarman VII and Queen Indradevi in 1218 AD came the death of their dreams for Cambodia, as well. Shivaism returned in full force. Sculptures of Buddha and their associated iconographies were destroyed, and yonis and lingams were re-erected in their place. King Jayavarman VII’s empire was again divided into amorphous sovereignties. The endless, vicious cycle of civil wars, corrupt kings, usurpers, and other symbols of political unrest resumed as the populace sank deeper into poverty and became less educated. This tragic period in Cambodia’s seems an eerie harbinger of what would occur in Cambodia in 1974 under the regime of the nefarious Pol Pot.
The Angkor revival of Khmer/Cambodian history relied initially on the written records of foreign researchers, who had visited the nation in the last two centuries. The locals did not have the luxury of exploring their nation’s rich history as ongoing civil wars made mere survival paramount. Had it not been for the nascent – and now booming – tourism industry that sparked Western interest in Cambodia’s cultural heritage, Angkor Archeological Park might still been hidden behind thick jungle overgrowth.
The exploration by foreign archaeologists and anthropologists of Cambodia’s history, which spans over 1,200 years, with only scarce records, a mishmash of temple bas-reliefs (some Hindu, some hybrid mythologies), sprinkled with oral folk and fairy tales, has created a melting pot of confusions, half-truths, misconceptions, and insidious assumptions. It has been near impossible to revise commonly accepted “facts” or augment the current body of knowledge with any new suppositions regarding the past of Cambodia and her people.
For example, all sculpted women found on temple walls are regarded unquestionably as apsaras, or sometimes devatas with no other purpose than wall decoration and objects of desire for the common man or objects of pleasure of the gods. This belief leaves scant room for alternative theories about the possibility that some of these figures being important personalities or some historical, influential queens. The fascination with King Jayavarman VII's territorial conquests and numerous temples has, unfortunately, muted research about his two beautiful, intelligent advisers, Queen Indradevi and Queen Jayarajadevi -- the formidable co-architects of the Khmer Empire.
Today, research is being conducted to uncover more of the unknown histories of King Jayavarman VII, Queen Indradevi and Queen Jayarajadevi. Investigate in real time and learn more about Cambodian national’s discoveries here.
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Discover Bayon's Lost Civilization
- The Exclusive Exposé: DECODE the ancient secrets of a Royal Triad is the result of 4 years of research to discover NEW evidence about the politics, internal conflicts that tragically ended the apogee of the Khmer civilization and the lives of Queen Indradevi and King Jayavarman.
- The Exclusive Article: Ancient Queens Who Shaped an Asian Empire: Indradevi and Jayarajadevi In 12th century Southeast Asia the Khmer civilization brought education, health, spirituality and enlightenment to the masses. Two women, King Jayavarman VII's queens, played critical roles in the kingdom's expansion and success. This article also appears online at Devata.org
- The Breaking "Mythconceptions" to the Makeover of 2 Forsaken Queens and 1 Bare King uncovered surprising new activities and new images of these Royal Triad in the Bayon bas-reliefs confirming the legends. A recent research discovered new, nameless images of a fallen patriot - no other than King Jayavarman VII. Notice the details as they revealed a fuller profile of the dynamic Royal Triad.
- The Royal Secrets Revealed described the starting point of the discovery of images and sculptures of these beautiful and intellectual Queens, Indradevi and Jayarajadevi, and King Jayavarman VII in Preah Khan. Their lifestyle with their King in Bayon was documented in the bas-reliefs. Notice the details as they unveiled new surprising insights into this Royal trio as well as an appeal to save their UNIQUE, most magnificent images in the collapsing dungeon. The story without the 3D intro
- Bayon Visions introduced an overview of their struggles, their avant-garde visions and timeless wisdom of their era in the midst of global religious wars.
- Hidden in Plain Sight revealed the numerous locations of the 2 Queens in Preah Khan alone, and dismissed the half-truths told by the locals, and the presumptuous remarks of the temple watchdogs.
- Royal Life in Bas Reliefs documented the mundane lifestyle of Queen Indradevi, Queen Jayarajadevi and King Jayavarman VII in the inner gallery of Bayon’s second floor. They were real people showing a balance of love, affection, hard work, leisure and family time.
- 830 years old mystery solved - The Resurrection of Queen Indradevi and Queen Jayarajadevi of the 12th century Khmer/Cambodian Kingdom. In the Preah Khan's collapsing dungeon was the beginning of an amazingly, fascinating, accidental investigation...