Jerry Lee

Jerry Lee

Posted on 12/18/2007

Photo taken on November  9, 2007

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The Temple Prasat Hin Phimai

The Temple Prasat Hin Phimai
The Khmer dynasty ruled over Issan for four centuries commencing in the eleventh century. Of the 200 or so structures that were built in Thailand during that time the castle at Phimai is certainly the largest (the outer wall measures 1030 metres by 565) and is arguably the oldest. Inscriptions found on the doorways in it’s inner gallery refer to events during the reign of King Suryayarman (1002-1049) and King Dharanidharavoran (1107-1113). Further structures within the compound were built in the 12th century by King Jayavarma VII (1181-1219) the Khmer regime's most prolific builder and the commissioner of the Angkor Wat project. It was believed at the time that those who built these monuments to the Gods would be rewarded after their demise by joining their idols.

As the complex was built the prevailing religion amongst the Khmers and in particular their Kings changed from Hinduism to Mahayana Buddhism. This evolution can be witnessed through carvings and decorations on doorframes and within the main sanctuary. The basic precepts of Hindu beliefs and Buddhism are similar. As the religion converted it was not necessary to remove Hindu images and Gods from lintels and Prangs, placing scenes from the Lord Buddha's life in more prominent positions witnessed the now subdued role of Hindu culture (and no doubt saved time and money).