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Towards Angkor

Nature volume 142, page 736 (22 October 1938) | Download Citation



THE great expansion of Indian cultural influence, manifested most conspicuously in art forms and concepts, which accompanied the spread of Buddhism, did not fail to affect south-eastern Asia. From the early centuries of the Christian era, traders and colonists were carrying with them to lands known to the modern -world as Siam, Cambodia, Annam, Sumatra and Java, and even far distant Celebes, a culture of which the material forms as known to us culminate in the Javanese temple of Burobudur and the Cambodian Angkor Wat. This culture still survives, mingled with other elements, in the, until recently, isolated island of Bali. Not the least remarkable feature is that although this movement originally was Buddhist, it presents even in its early stages the spectacle of a close and amiable association with the cults of Hinduism.

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