Apsara dancer at Angkor Wat, Cambodia 03 Jun 2017
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Classical Khmer dance, sometimes known as apsara dance, originated in the royal courts of Cambodia. It is an indigenous ballet-style performance in which women wear elaborate costumes and headdresses. Dancers use stylised movements to tell a story. Detailed carvings of apsara (heavenly nymphs) can be seen on the temple walls at Angkor Wat; an apsara is the female spirit of the clouds and water in both Buddhism and Hinduism. Discover the carvings in Angkor Wat on Insight guides' Unseen Cambodia trip.
This article was originally published on 5th October, 2015