Tonle Bati, a popular picnic area in the weekend for the locals, is about 30kms southern of Phnom Penh in the direction to Takeo. I explored this place on my 3rd visit to Cambodia almost 8 years ago. It’s long time ago, but it seems like only yesterday.
There was a moment that was still in my mind. I found a beautiful stone reliefs, -but it’s broken-, about the Churning of the Ocean of Milk, on the ground. Being a temple lover, I concerned about it. It should be better to be put in the wall or above the door of the temples, but perhaps the archeologists need more time to assure that it has the correct place. Or perhaps because it’s broken, I didn’t really know. Nobody I could ask at that time.
But seeing the relief, suddenly I thought of something. It’s not about the full story of it, but about the parties who involved in the event of the legend.
Well, the Churning of the Ocean of Milk or in Hindi it’s famous as Samudra Manthan, -also called as Ko Samut Teuk Dos in Khmer-, was a famous event in the Hindu mythology. In Angkor Wat’s eastern gallery, we can see the depicted story carved on the 49 meter wide wall.
It is said that a long time ago The Gods and The Demons were fighting against each other to be the winner of the domination over the world. After many years of war without ending, The Gods asked the help of The Supreme God. Then He ordered them to seek for the Amrita, the sacred Elixir of Immortality. But this difficult task could not be achieved by them alone. They had to gather their forces in cooperation with The Demons in order to extract the Amrita from the depths of the cosmic sea.
Then, Mount Meru was used as a churning stick and the King of snakes Vasuki as a churning rope. The Gods and The Demons both pulled alternatively the Vasuki on their respective side to churn the Ocean of Milk.
The Story was not ended there, as we can find the whole story in the internet. But I wanted to emphasize the parties involved in the event. Sometimes we could get something most important by making a teamwork to our “enemy”.
But is it a teamwork or not, you decide… 😀
This post was written in response to the weekly challenge from Celina’s Blog and Cerita Riyanti, -similar to the old Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress-, which is the 42nd week of 2019 has the theme of Unity, so we are encouraged ourselves to write articles weekly. If you are interested to take part in this challenge, we welcome you… and of course we will be very happy!