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The Temples of Angkor were built from the 9th to 13th centuries during a time when the Kingdom of Cambodia was one of the most powerful civilizations on the planet. During its prime, this bustling 12 square kilometer city had a population of more than a million people. Angkor Wat, the city's most notable edifice, was built to represent the Hindu "Mountain of the Gods," and served as a funerary temple. Eventually, the empire collapsed and the ruins of Angkor's temples were consumed by the jungle.


Archaeologists now know that Angkor Wat and many of its surrounding structures were built to satisfy the "devas" and "asuras," angelic demi-Gods of the Hindu religion. Tens of thousands of images of these beings can be found in carvings on every single temple at the site. These sinister spirits were thought to serve as protection against the enemies of Angkor. Many carvings depict a direct interaction between the human and spirit world and it is said that malevolent Hindu demons still haunt the vast and overgrown premises to this day. Reports of physical interactions and audible voices around many of the temples, most notably Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon, have erupted over the years. Most recently, Buddhist monks are said to communicate with the spirits during meditation on the premises. Today, 1,000 stone temples are scattered throughout the complex, many in ruins from centuries of war, natural disasters and abandonment.

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