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Images of the Gods: Khmer Mythology in Cambodia, Laos & Thailand

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ISBN-13: 978-1891640292
ISBN-10: 1891640291
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About the Author

Vittorio Roveda holds doctorates in both geology and Asian art history, the latter a product of his work on the semiotics and narrative techniques of Khmer bas reliefs. From 1990 to 1995 he taught the history of Asian art at the University of Singapore.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Floating World Editions (July 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891640291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891640292
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,524,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kent Davis on March 18, 2009
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Southeast Asia is a complex intersection of South Asian and East Asian cultures; from the 9th to the 14th centuries the Khmer Empire ruled Southeast Asia and linked all these roads.

Vittorio Roveda has made two profound prior contributions to Khmer history: his 1998 work Khmer Mythology: Secrets Of Angkor Wat, followed by Sacred Angkor: The Carved Reliefs of Angkor Wat in 2007. His third major work, Images of the Gods: Khmer Mythology in Cambodia, Laos & Thailand, draws from both previous studies and includes the photography of Jaro Poncar Angkor Revisited, and others to create the ultimate visual reference of Khmer art.

These key works wouldn't have been possible without the organizational and graphic contributions of River Books publisher, Narisa Chakrabongse Siam in Trade and War: Royal Maps of the Nineteenth Century. Seeing an edition from River Books Press guarantees quality, value and graphic sophistication.

It is important to note that our North American edition from Ray Furse at Floating World Editions also relies on the Thailand printing model. Books like this are, unfortunately, not possible to produce in the United States at this price point.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Devleeschouwer Guy on July 28, 2007
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This standard work about the Khmer mythology in South East Asia is certainly of great use for professionals but also comprehensible for non-experts, although for non professionals a basic interest in and knowledge of, for instance, the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, the Puranascould be useful for the understanding of the massive information of this book.

To estimate the real value of this book and enjoy it completely the reader should preferably have had the occasion to visit Khmer monuments in Cambodia, in Thailand or/and in Laos or at least have read some standard works about the Khmer architecture.
Angkor: Celestial Temples of the KhmerAngkor: Cambodia's Wondrous Khmer Temples, FSacred Angkor: The Carved Reliefs of Angkor WatThe Khmers (The Peoples of South-East Asia and the Pacific)Angkor: An Illustrated Guide to the MonumentsAngkor: Temples et monumentsKhmer Mythology: Secrets Of Angkor Watifth Edition (Odyssey Illustrated Guide)
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This book is very good book. outstanding! for those want to know every aspect of angkor. But you are just tourist and have no book about angkor. I think it is better to Find another book first.
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By Michelle Roberts on August 11, 2015
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Arrived early. As described. Very happy
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