Photo: Vishnu at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Vishnu at Angkor WatTo me it seemed strange to find the Hindu god Vishnu inside the Buddhist temple of Angkor Wat. When construction of Angkor Wat was begun in the 12th Century it was designed to be the state temple of the Khmer kingdom whose citizens at the time were Hindu. When the Khmer’s changed to Theravada Buddhism in the late 13th Century the head of Vishnu was removed and replaced with Buddha’s.

The impressive 5 meter tall statue is carved from a single piece sandstone and eight centuries later still considered important to celebrants at Angkor Wat. Every day worshipers maintain the gold clothing and bring symbolic offerings to show gratitude and contemplate life.

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In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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