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The Khmer dragon, or neak is derived from the Indian nāga. Like its Indian counterpart, the neak is often depicted with cobra like characteristics such as a hood. The number of heads can be as high as nine, the higher the number signifies rank. Odd headed dragons are symbolic of male energy while even headed dragons symbolize female energy. Traditionally, a neak is distinguished from the often serpentine Makar and Tao, the former possessing crocodilian traits and the latter possessing feline…

The Khmer dragon, or neak is derived from the Indian nāga. Like its Indian counterpart, the neak is often depicted with cobra like characteristics such as a hood. The number of heads can be as high as nine, the higher the number signifies rank. Odd headed dragons are symbolic of male energy while even headed dragons symbolize female energy. Traditionally, a neak is distinguished from the often serpentine Makar and Tao, the former possessing crocodilian traits and the latter possessing feline…

13th century. Bayon style. Created during the reign of Jayavarman VII,  added to by Jayavarman VIII.

13th century. Bayon style. Created during the reign of Jayavarman VII, added to by Jayavarman VIII.

Discover untold secrets of Angkor Wat, Cambodia for yourself. Join Blue Osa as we journey to Cambodia for an unforgettable yoga retreat.

Discover untold secrets of Angkor Wat, Cambodia for yourself. Join Blue Osa as we journey to Cambodia for an unforgettable yoga retreat.

Head of a Male Divinity. Date: 8th century. Culture: Central Thailand. Medium: Stucco.

Head of a Male Divinity. Date: 8th century. Culture: Central Thailand. Medium: Stucco.

Bust of Five-Headed Shiva -     Period:      Angkor period  Date:      ca. mid-10th century  Culture:      Cambodia  Medium:      Stone

Bust of Five-Headed Shiva - Period: Angkor period Date: ca. mid-10th century Culture: Cambodia Medium: Stone

A copper alloy head of Buddha Thailand, Ayutthaya period, 16th century  13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm) high

A copper alloy head of Buddha Thailand, Ayutthaya period, 16th century 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm) high

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