Khmers: Creating Heaven on Earth

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The Khmer Empire, now modern Cambodia, was largely unknown until the nineteenth-century discovery of the ruins of Angkor Wat, an astonishing temple complex. Long abandoned, its huge and beautiful symmetry reveals it as an attempt to create a Hindu concept of Heaven, here on earth. Yet it also reveals a society where peasants and artisans supported an absolute ruler. One twelfth-century king made his people build this largest of all the world's relifious temples to ensure immortality for himself as a living god, giving him enormous power, similar to the Egyptian pharaohs.

Aligns with McDougal Littell's World History: Patterns of Interaction: Empires in East Asia.

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