A famous author wrote in 1947 “Khmers are simply Phnong converted to Hinduism”. That is to say, before the arrival of Hindus in 50 BC, Khmers were barely more than “savages”. This doesn’t fit historical truth, no more than it is true. We will try here to give a brief overview of the Khmers since their origins, i.e since 30.000 AD, and observe how Khmers are indeed a people with specific culture and traditions.
We also all know Angkor, the famous historical monuments, otherwise known as the temples of Angkor. Angkor, however, remains a mystery for many. What do these monuments represent? Why did the Khmer kings build them? What does the five towers of Angkor Wat represent? Why are they all abandoned and in ruins?
This conference aims at giving clues to understand the signification, the meaning, the destination and the symbolism of these magnificent historical monuments, now on the Unesco World Heritage list.
Conference followed by a book signing session with Carnets d’Asie.
by Professor Thach Toan
Tuesday 29 January 2019 at 6:30pm
Conference in French, translated in Khmer and English
Free entry according to availability