The note that accompanied my photo 2 days ago has prompted a question by John Maenhout about the proper last name of the person who discovered Angkor Wat in 1860: Henry Mahout or Henry Mouhot? (Please click number in front of each quote for referred link)
(•• of •• / Continued from yesterday)
4- Built in the 12th century and abandoned in 1431, Angkor Wat succumbed to the encroaching jungle until the great temple complex was rediscovered in 1860 by French botanist Henri Mahout.
5- Henri Mahout could hardly believe his eyes in 1860. He wrote of "ruins of such grandeur, remains of structures that must have been raised at such an immense cost of labor, that, at the first view, one is filled with profound admiration..."
6- When Henri Mahout, the French botanist, stumbled across Angkor Wat in 1860, he was stunned by its vast size, soaring towers, dramatic carvings and endless courtyards, avenues and buildings.
7- When the French explorer Henri Mahout stumbled across this staggering collection of temples and buildings, many had collapsed or become completely consumed by the jungle.
8- Henri Mahout 's discovery of the Angkor temples in 1860 opened up this lost city to the world.
There are 2 important books about Angkor.
In Angkor, Temples et Monuments (Arthaud, 2002), Jean Laur reserved a long paragraph about “Le Conservation d’Angkor et L’Ecole Franēais d’Extrźme-Orient” but he didn’t mention about who discovered it in 1860. But in Angkor (Donald Moore Books, 1965) Malcolm MacDonald cited at page 79, “Then one morning in 1860, a wandering naturalist, Henri Mouhot, turned a corner along a forest path — and spies ahead, looming through gaps in the green foliage, the grey towers of Angkor Wat.”
With the above finding, I think Mahout and Mouhot are the same last name. Regarding last name Maenhout, I failed to find its genealogic relationship to Mahout or Mouhot, except “Mahoudeau” — diminutive of Mahout, a popular form of the “Mathilde” first name (Source).
Again, the above finding is a start. Any reference to help me with an accurate conclusion is sincerely appreciated and welcome.
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PSYOPS (0) 2005-09-20 6:25
John and Thanh have raised a good question (or curiosity) here. "As the purpose of TrekEarth is to learn about the world through photography, I found this discussion is interesting and I am looking forward for contributions.
Spoony (3539) 2005-09-20 6:31
It´s an interesting photo, no doubt...lots of rich elements. Maybe better with a little more low light.
lewiz (1297) 2005-09-20 6:58
A nice shot... I like the trunk coming down from, well, looks like nowhere.
It seems this whole shot is horribly over-exposed though. I've not looked through your other photos but judging by your point tally I can safely ask: What went wrong?
sandpiper (6788) 2005-09-20 8:03
Although a lot may have been written on this vast complex, its always refreshing to read another perspective. I enjoyed you note, I must go and see this place for myself some day.
Perhaps the shot is overexposed, but I like the angle and the combination of the roots and ruins. The power of nature is unreal and you should be happy with this different POV.
erdna (5711) 2005-10-09 19:54
This is a very definitive picture and a very enlightening note. i thank you for it. There 2 opinions I have been getting, one is it is still too dangerous to go to Cambodia and of course Ankor Wat, because of too many poor people and still undiscovered mines. The second is, there is no danger at all., it is a safe place to visit. All the travel agents say it is safe, while families of immigrants from there are saying it is not safe. I wanted very much to go.
lu_muratori (618) 2006-01-17 16:14
hello thanh, i think you meant who discovered angkor, the complex of temples, of which angkor wat is part and so it is ta phom, the temple in your shot. i love the angle but i think you could have done better with the light, perhaps try to use some photoshop in it, i think with the right brighteness and contrast adjustments you will get a much better result...
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8456)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-05
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 14mm f2.8 EX A, RAW @ ISO 100
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Cambodia - Ta Phrom trees [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-09-20 5:58
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