Angkor Wat was built originally as a Hindu temple. Many believe it was dedicated to this god, Vishnu, who stands at one of the many entrances. Vishnu is viewed as the supreme god in Hindu religion. It is actually unusual for a depiction of Vishnu to have more than four arms (this one has eight), but the many arms represent his all-powerful and all-pervasive nature. But today, even though Buddhism is the national religion of Cambodia, this Hindu idol of Vishnu is worshipped – as well as every other idol in the Angkor Wat complex. The people are held in by fear, and therefore worship just about everything, trying to make sure no god or spirit is angered by being ignored.
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