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Transcript of Angkor/Khmer Empire
The king was the main person for the creations of the public buildings and works. He also controlled the temples and he was known as a Hindu god, full of life and energy.
By Ethan Keep
Women were the kings personal bodyguard because it was believed that they were more trustworthy and loyal.
Angkor/Khmer social structure
The Angkor/khmer Empire was hierarchical, like many older cultures. Depending on who the people were they were looked down upon or looked up on.
It was wrote by Zhou Daguan that men and women were dressed simple: a cloth simply wrapped around their waists and they were barebrested and wet barefoot.
The Angkor/Khmer people were trading with the chinese and the Indian people. The Khmer people brought back that religion it was known as Hinduism.
Priests had to inherit a role and they were an elite class living comfortably away from the people.
Most of the village people worked for the aritocrats or the temples and some were farmers.
The lakes and the water systems were significant part of the empire. Their system was Tonle sap lake, it provided water for rice. Lakes and water systems only provided water in the wet seasons because in the dry seasons there are no water and to start with the Khmers didn't have reservoirs.
Reservoirs were constructed to store the water when its the dry seasons and constant water supply allows 3-4 crops per year and other religions only 1-2, this means it increases rice, population, greater work force, more temples plus more trades, wealthy empire and more powerful. The Angkor/Khmer people controlled the water system by using the roads for trade access.
The Angkor/Khmer people showed stone carvings of battles on the walls of the temples. The Khmer's often fort with there closest neighbors the cham people. Another helpful way to help the Khmer's fight was their own martial arts it was called bokator. They manly learnt the basics like hand moves and feet moves to help them in their wars.
The great Khmer empire's last remaining evidence are the temples. The temples were mostly belonged to the two Hindu gods, Shiva and Vishnu. their biggest achievement is Angkor Wat. It had 50,000 workers working on it, but it only took 32 years to build. How long do you think it would take now days?.