Budhha’s ancient cornerstone has been discovered

Budhha's ancient cornerstone has been discovered.
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Residents in Kampong Thom province discovered two pieces of an old cornerstone, one of which was missing the Buddha bas-relief and the other the Deva bas-relief.

The cornerstone is thought to symbolize the long-lasting Khmer culture of
Buddhism and Hinduism during the reign of King Jayavarman VII.
Atop July 28 at around 2 p.m. Several villagers discovered it on an old mound in the Prey Totoeng region, located in the province’s west of Peam Athit village, Sakream commune in Prasat Balong district.

Seab Seyha, a local tour guide, told Khmer Times yesterday that the
the cornerstone was divided into two pieces, one with a Buddha bas-relief and a Deva bas-relief.

"Only one side of Buddha is visible, and from the looks of it, it is a cornerstone known as Buddha protected by Naga in the time of King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th and early 13th centuries," he added.

The cornerstone of Buddha is maintained where it was discovered.

Director of Culture and Fine Arts Hin Sophorn told Khmer Times yesterday that the cornerstone of Buddha is maintained where it was discovered, according to locals’ beliefs.

"Over the years, the people preserved this cornerstone atop the old mound as a site of devotion. They always come here with prayer items to ask for happiness, serenity, good health, and personal favours. That is why the generation and faith are still alive and well there". "In Kampong Thom province, there are 400 to 500 ancient mounds. The people never stop worshipping the old mound. This is because they have a deep faith in Buddhism."

Kampong Thom residents are staunch advocates of Khmer civilization.

They always notify the authorities when they come across any old statues,” he added, adding that the province’s cultural officials will create a record of all ancient discoveries.

Sophorn urged the Khmer people to ‘love, care for, and treasure the
predecessors’ culture and civilization.

"If you come across any old sculptures, please report them or give them over to the authorities." I'm glad that the majority of people still appreciate antiques and give them to authorities rather than selling them."

Sources: Khmertimeskh.com

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