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The Pacified Protector by DinoAyala

A sculpture of the Hindu God Vishnu awaits visitors to the west gate entrance of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. What makes this statue interesting is the head of Buddha being placed on top of the body of Vishnu. Angkor Wat was originally built as a tribute to Vishnu in the 12th Century by Khmer King Suyavarman II. After the influence of Buddhism spread throughout East Asia, Vishnu’s head was replaced by with the head of the Buddha. Angkor Wat is the worlds largest religious and spiritual complex and perhaps its most unique due to its shared tributes to both of India’s native spiritual practices of Hinduism and Buddhism.

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