posted on May, 13 2004 @ 06:19 PM
The Thais sacked Angkor in 1431 and the Khmers abandoned the city in 1432, after this the city was more or less 'lost' for a few centuries.
Wandering Buddhist monks, passing through the dense jungles, occasionally came upon the awesome ruins. Recognizing the sacred nature of the temples
but ignorant of their origins, they invented fables about the mysterious sanctuaries, saying they had been built by the gods in a far ancient time.
Centuries passed, these fables became legends, and pilgrims from the distant reaches of Asia sought out the mystic city of the gods. A few Portuguese
and other adventurous European travelers knew of the ruins, and stories circulated in antiquarian circles of the strange city lost in the jungles
Temple of Ta Prohm, Angkor, Cambodia
[Edited on 13-5-2004 by quaneeri]