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Amongst the temples found in Angkor, Bantaey Srei stands out in its relatively small size while bearing extremely fine sandstone relief carvings that protrudes out in 3D. It is located about 20 km north of Angkor and almost at the foot of the Kulen Mountains.

In the temple, pediments and lintels are found to depict whole scenes of Hindu mythological stories. The image here shows Narasimha clawing Hiranyakasipu. Narasimha literally translates from Sanskrit as 'Man-lion', which is an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu.

Raw cashew nuts at Angkor

on: 13 October 2012

Bright orange juicy raw cashew nuts! I came across these while exploring Angkor. They were sold on the path to one of the temples.

Cambodia do not have processing plants for cashew nuts. The majority of its produce were exported raw to Vietnam, one of the world's biggest cashew processors and exporters. As such, the country do not reap the value-added chain of the high-end nut. The main deterrent to opening processing plants in Cambodia is the staggering energy costs, which remain significantly higher than its neighbouring countries. Farmers who once dedicated their fields to cashews have shifted to other crops that fetch better prices.

This lady was spinning manually by hand a bicycle wheel without tyre to extract quality silk thread. Around her were neatly arranged spools of shiny silk thread. They were ready to be used by her fellow colleagues to weave silk fabric.

Here in the Puok District, just 15 kilometers away from Siem Reap, is the silk production farm and factory managed by Artisans d'Angkor. Rural underprivileged village girls are given the opportunity to learn the long-lost traditional techniques of silk dyeing and weaving through a 6-month training. Once completed, they are given jobs to make a living with dignity. That is one of the objectives of Chantiers-Écoles de Formation Professionnelle (CEFP) when it set up Artisans d'Angkor in 1998; to increase the income and lift up the rural folks from poverty.

For more info on Artisans d'Angkor, click here

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