And the guardian deity remains imperturbed

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Sep 16 2012

Tags: , ,

Category: Asia, Cambodia

Leave a comment

Are the tree roots going to destroy the Gopura or are they supporting the structure and preventing it from falling apart? I think they are doing both. The building can easily tolerate the slow advances of the tree, at first but after some time the roots start showing their destructive power. They loosen the coherence between the stones, while at the same time keeping them together in a tight embrace. This seemingly symbiotic relationship between the two is an intermediate phase. In the end nature takes over completely and the historical monument will collapse to the ground.

Photo of the week: East Gopura, Ta Som temple (end 12th century), Angkor, Cambodia, 2000

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: