Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Jayavarman VII had two queens. At the time he came to the throne he was in his 60s and lived to be 90 or older. Pretty good considering the time he lived. I am sure like any of the kings of his time ,in that area of the world he not only had his queens but also multiple wives and concubines. BUT unlike the other Kings of Angkor he had two queens who reigned at the same time, with him. They were also sisters... Fortunately I have the photos from a Cambodian American who has been doing research on them. Where once many thought they were only Apsaras, with her work you can see the difference. The only thing we know of them is in the reliefs at Angkor Thom and Preah Khan. Just reliefs, no written history, just pictures in stone. So making one of the queens, Indradevi 3 dimensional is going to take all my creative powers. I had already created her, Indradevi, before I knew she really existed. I had named her Devi then found out one of his Queens was Indradevi... talk about one of those moments. Anyway I will be showing you more here about her as I find out. This 2nd book and the 3rd will be about the reign of the greatest King of Angkor Wat and his queen. Their story is too much, too big to confine to just one book. He was the builder King, the Buddha King. Once he was able to get the Cham out of his country he reigned in peace and built. He and his wives were the royal trio or triad, building roads and hospitals. Taking care of their people. The queens while they both lived, taught, were his wives and advisors. His building of Angkor Thom dwarfed Angkor Wat. If you look at satellite photos you can see the difference.
Well now that I have written for a while maybe I can sleep.
I just added a photo of a satellite image. In the photo you can se Angkor Thom in the upper left and then Angkor Wat below it.