KBAL SPEAN is a spectacularly carved and unique riverbed, set deep in the jungle to the northeast of Angkor, Cambodia.
More commonly referred to as the "River of a 1000 Lingas". Lingas have been elaborately carved into the riverbed, and images of Hindu deities are dotted about the area.
The LINGA is a simple phallic shape (see photo), the symbol of the god Shiva and his powers of creation. There are reportedly around 1,000 images in all. They probably served a purification purpose. The belief is that the lingas "fertilize" the water that feed the East Baray and irrigates the rice fields.
In addition to the lingas along the riverbed, there are bas-relief carvings in many of the boulders along the stream. The carvings end in a small but pretty waterfall that apparently was once used as a ritual bathing spot by the king.
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worldcitizen (9172) 2010-12-26 11:12
This is a very interesting photo. I really like the patterns in the riverbed, and the flow of the water. It is a bit difficult for me to imagine what this spot looks like from a wider view. Maybe you will post a photo with another POV in the future. :-) I hope you enjoyed a beautiful Christmas. Happy new year to you!
batalay (39915) 2011-01-04 14:45
With 1/3 second shutter speed you've achieved an unusually compelling shot. The water appears vapor-like, with smooth flow. Warm regards and Happy New Year.
faraujo (1707) 2011-01-13 15:26
I like the sense of abstration created by the water forms and the texture of the ground...
Very good WB and PoV.
- Copyright: Zuzana Stefkova (Zuzana_Stefkova) (997)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-10-28
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/3 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-25 14:59
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