book reviews Once again, the tendency to hold forth with a heavy hand can undermine their theories rather than reinforce them. For some time now, it has been noted that the word Jva (long ``a'') in the famous ¯ Sdok Kak Thom inscription is not the same word as Java, with no long ``a'' at the end. The few inscriptions that mention Jva ¯ come from the eastern side of what is now Thailand. This would most likely place Jva ¯ in that area. In more than one thousand Khmer inscriptions, Javanese suzerainty over any part of Cambodia is never even obliquely indicated. There is another instance when the famous devaraja object is confused with the main image in the king's pyramid temple, and that is patently never the case. The statements that the faces on the Bayon's towers are connected to the concept of the temple as the body of a divinity should have been more guarded and definitely not pro¤ered as the solution to what or who the faces represent. Another Java-related problem is that the authors do not always balance the evolution of Khmer temples on the one hand, and outside influence on the other.
Asian Perspectives – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: May 20, 2003
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