Scott Rawlinson, Guest Contributor - 18 Feb, The Apsara Authority and Khmer-language media were quick to pounce on the incident and start a finger-pointing campaign. However, lacking since the story broke has been a serious discussion about the ways in which Khmer women were represented, how expectations of Khmer women were conveyed, and whether they were helpful and culturally justified, or restrictive, demonstrating a subtle regulation of female expression and sexuality. I offer no definitive answers here. Rather, I hope to spark a debate not only about the clear gendered characteristics of the Khmer-language media and of national medias the world over and its implications, as well as a discussion about gender representation in general. The walls of the Angkor Wat temple complex, as well as those of Angkor Thom, the Bayon or Ta Prohm, among others, are adorned with dancing figures apsaras and guardians devatas. Furthermore, it is not unusual to find these figures depicted nude from head-to-waist on the walls and bas-reliefs of the various complexes dotted around the Angkor region. The images were reported to have been taken at Banteay Kdei temple, located eastward of Angkor Thom.
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The photos, which drew the ire of many Cambodian Facebook users who shared them over the weekend, show an Asian woman standing among temples in the park wearing harem pants, a headscarf and nothing else. In a more diplomatic tone, the Apsara Authority, the government body that manages the archaeological park, also denounced the images on the same day. Apsaras are often depicted in paintings, carvings and sculpture as bare-breasted women; the authority features one such bare-breasted apsara image on its website. Kosal said the Apsara Authority had not yet identified the photographer or model, who he insisted was not Cambodian. Ry Anhchealy, deputy director of the provincial department of culture and fine arts, said that photographs and other depictions of shirtless females at the temples were inappropriate, regardless of the fact that many of the temples are adorned with carvings of topless women. It is wrong. Independent journalism is under threat in Cambodia. The Cambodia Daily's goal is to produce more independent reporting on the news and events that affect the daily lives of Cambodians.
Facebook Twitter Email. CNN — "What's going on with the tourists lately? That's likely the question going through the minds of officials at Cambodia 's Angkor Archeological Park, which has experienced a string of nudity-related incidents this year. Last Friday, U. The duo were charged with trafficking pornography and exposing sexual body parts. The sisters' criminal faux pas took place on the heels two other incidents involving tourists who couldn't keep their clothes on. Three French tourists were deported earlier this month for allegedly posing for nude pictures in another temple at the World Heritage Site. Meanwhile, last month a group of photos featuring a topless dancer leaning against the ruins surfaced on Facebook. The government body is now looking into ways to deter tourists from taking off their clothes. Some proposals include adding more guards in distant sites and pressing charges against tourists who are caught engaging in behavior deemed inappropriate.