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Into the night with celestial nymph - In the Hindu Mahabharata, the apsaras were created from The Churning Sea Of Milk process, when the mortal gods and demons combined their mights to churn the sea water to milk, milk to amrita (elixir of immortality) in order to attain immortality. This is Cambodian interpretation of the Apsaras dance, traditionally performed only for the Khmer royal court and temples as offering and communication to the gods by . Handed down and kept through…

Portrait of an Apsara Dancer | Apsaras are female spirits or celestial nymphs in Hindu and Buddhist mythologies. They’re young, beautiful, magical and, not surprisingly, excellent dancers. Apsara dances tell classical myths inspired by the Cambodian version of the Ramayana and Angkor’s golden age (889–1434) when its major temples — Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm — were built. | Image and caption © Julie Hall