The Cambodian Dragon, Naga, at the Monk's Residence - Cambodian Buddhist Temple of Utah - West Valley City, UT
N 40° 41.355 W 111° 58.227
12T E 418000 N 4504714
Quick Description: Cambodian Dragons atop the Monk's residence at the Wat Buddhikaram, Cambodian Buddhist Temple of Utah in West Valley City, Utah.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 5/20/2011 7:53:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMBGP8
It is said that King Preah Thorng married the daughter of the Naga, Princess Neang Neak. Through their marraige, the Khmer people are descended from the Naga. Nagas represent prosperity and the spirit of the land and water of the Khmer.
It is not surprising based on the story that nagas are a common decoration on Cambodian temples. They tend to appear on bridges or as seven-headed statues. The naga symbol is an important one to the Cambodians. When Cambodia hosted the GMS Summit 2002, they chose a seven-headed naga to symbolise the Khmer culture and the cooperation between the countries at the summit.
Time Period: Ancient
Epic Type: Religous
Exhibit Type: Figure, Statue, 3D Art
Approximate Date of Epic Period: Not listed
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