January 26, 2013
at the stupa near the entrance of the Killing Fields
I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for legends and mythology. On my recent trip to Cambodia, I was especially taken by the Garuda and Naga motif that is visible in much of the country’s architecture. The two creatures have their roots in Hindu mythology. The Garuda (Sanskrit for “eagle”) is a bird that was the mount of the god Vishnu, while the Naga is a 7-headed hooded serpent (like a cobra) that is thought to be the father of the Khmer people. The Naga and Garuda are natural enemies. When they are represented together (often upholding the Buddha), it is a symbol of peace.
The Garuda-Naga motif is often seen on buildings in Cambodia, much like the two images here. In both instances, the Garuda is supporting the Naga, whose head is spread out in a protective embrace over all that pass beneath it.
in the complex of the Silver Pagoda, next to the grounds of the Royal Palace
June 29, 2012
It’s taken me a while to get some pictures of Kinabalu posted, but I thought it’s always better late than never.
June 16, 2012
My two youngest nephews and I just got our backpacks loaded up today, preparing to head out to climb Mt. Kinabalu the day after tomorrow. The two boys were so excited they could hardly sit still for the rest of the day. I think they’re looking forward to it, after having spent the past six months or so training with their other aunt (my older sister).
I’ve heard great things about the climb, and a few scary things too. I think we’ll be alright, though I don’t expect any of the three of us to find it an easy trip. I think it will be all the better for the challenge.
I’ll try to post some pictures when I get back. I hear the sunrise from the peak is fantastic.