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Ta Prohm Temple Dedication Stele

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posted on Jun, 5 2022 @ 07:13 PM
So. I did the search, and no results. I want to start off by saying I'm looking for expert help in refuting my claim; as my toolbox of resources has yielded nothing.
This is the first time that I've led myself down a rabbit hole, and not been able to see the daylight.

I have seen many references to the Dedication Stele of Ta Prohm, but I have so far not been able to locate any tangible evidence to suggest that this Stele actually exists, or that it ever did.

Quick backstory: "In 1882, the French explorer Etienne Aymonier uncovered a large stele measuring 2 m in height and .6 m wide with inscriptions of each of its four sides. In total there were 290 lines of Sanskrit text which were later translated by George Cœdès in the early 1900s." From:

This is problematic only because I cannot find any publicly available information from Seam Reap, the Ankgor curator; or anywhere else for that matter- to confirm the existence of specifically, the Ta Prom Dedication Stele.

My notion, is this: Etienne Aymonier never found a Stele. He was a treasure hunter, he wanted glory.

Currently the accepted age of this site, is around 1185 I think? But that is due to the supposed translation of the inscription from the Stele, located in 1882, translated around 1900 - and, Ever Referenced; but never seen or heard from again.

I've only got a limited amount of tools in my toolbox to refute my claim; anyone out there that can help?

posted on Jun, 5 2022 @ 08:21 PM
There is a guy brian forester I believe his name his, I bet if you emailed him he would be able to help you out with that

posted on Jun, 6 2022 @ 09:25 AM
a reply to: blood0fheroes

Mentioned in the Wikipedia article on the temple

Scholarly references:
Glaize, Maurice. The Monuments of the Angkor Group. Revised 1993 and published online at
Glaize, p.143. For the text of the foundational stele and its translation into French, see Coèdes, "La stèle de Ta-Prohm."
Coedès, George (1968). Walter F. Vella (ed.). The Indianized States of Southeast Asia. trans.Susan Brown Cowing. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-0368-1.

And finally, from this site (Wikipedia link)


At the corners stand four small temples - "the Prasat Chrung" - each containing an inscribed stele mentioning the foundation by Jayavarman VII of a "Jayagiri scraping the brilliant sky at its top and of a Jayasindhu touching at its impenetrable depth the world of the serpents". Mr Cœdes has shown that these referred, in the emphatic manner that was usual for the Khmer, to none other than the walls and the moats of Angkor Thom in comparison to the mountains and the ocean surrounding the earth.

Each of the Prasat Chrung is in the style of the Bayon and was dedicated - as was the city itself - to the bodhisattva Lokesvara. In the form of a sanctuary tower in sandstone opening to the east, they are cruciform in plan with four vestibules and have two upper tiers crowned with a lotus. The walls are decorated with devatas set in niches and with balustered false windows partially masked by blinds. To the east is a square planned shelter for the stele, open to four sides and vaulted with a cloistered arch. The whole arrangement is enclosed by a wall in which is a single opening.

This might be a photo of part of the inscription

posted on Jun, 6 2022 @ 09:51 AM
a reply to: Brotherman
Thank you for that! I didn't even think of him. We shall see if he isn't too busy to respond.

posted on Jun, 6 2022 @ 09:53 AM
a reply to: Byrd

Thank you! Time to pick up the proverbial shovel again.

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