Posted on 03/06/2012

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One of the 216 gigantic Bodhisattva faces

One of the 216 gigantic Bodhisattva faces
King Jayavarman VII has got a Bodhisattva, an human who already got the Nirvana and turned to earth to teach the human being. It isn't proved but people say so. Other say that the faces are Buddha himself. But according to scholars, it is no coincidence that this are the portraits of King Jayavarman VII. A statue located today in the Musée Guimet in Paris, bears a strong resemblance to the face towers of the Bayon.

The Bayon was the last state temple to be built at Angkor, and the only Angkorian state temple to be built primarily as a Mahayana Buddhist shrine dedicated to the Buddha, though a great number of minor and local deities were also encompassed as representatives of the various districts and cities of the realm.