The secrets revealed leading into a criminal investigation of the century are based on visual evidence on the grounds of Angkor Archaeological Park. The trails of visible clues and clear proofs of this fascinating investigation can be easily duplicated and explored by tourists, locals and historians in the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Questions left unanswered in history books about King Jayavarman VII, Queen Indradevi and Queen Jayarajadevi include: What were their royal emblems? What did these royals look like? What disruptive political changes did they make that ultimately cost them their lives? Who betrayed them? Who loved them? Where did they live? What was the kingdom flag? Now, the answers to these and other questions have been discovered, sculpted in stone on the structures and temples of Angkor Thom and its vicinity.
It is the missing, epic story of three amazingly courageous, ancient heroes fighting for social justice.
The Ancient Secrets of a Royal Triad Decoded introduces a practical and logical approach to revisiting the Angkorian era and exploring Angkor Archaeological Park. It follows a simple logic with clear, visual evidence to unravel contemporary mysteries and to solve an ancient crime. It chronicles the rise of an enlightened, civilized society to its tumultuous collapse, which to the unimaginably tragic and perverse fate of its altruistic founders: King Jayavarman, Queen Indradevi and Queen Jayarajadevi. This Royal Triad endowed women with power and people with rights at the cost of lives and the damnation of their souls.
It is a true story of a spontaneous investigation that has turned into exhaustive research project in order to draw attention, as well as to safeguard a world heritage site and its amazing history. It dispels fiction with facts by filtering truths from myths.
The little book is packed with new, unexpected, and unusually simple content, details, photos, proofs and insights that provoke a historic shift in thinking and perspective. It is the result of an intensive three-year investigation, many mini-expeditions and research project conducted by the author, Phalika Ngin, a Khmer native. These findings can be easily explored in Angkor Thom, Bayon, Preah Khan, Ta Prohm, Naraka, at the Royal Pool and the Royal Pavilion, Banteay Kdei, Banteay Chhmar and Phnom-Penh. It is a journey well worth taking for history buffs, scholars, world travelers and other inquiring minds.
Decode the messages in real time and place in images on the sculptures of the Angkorian temples.
La vraie histoire de Jayavarman 7
Just Released !
Explore the Trails of the Discovery on Your Fingertips
Apr 19, 2012
Rediscovering the Royal Triad
Charles Evans, Publisher of Cambodia Insight
"As their rule epitomized equality of the sexes in war, so it did as well in peace. During their reign more than 100 free public hospitals with pharmacies were opened and made available to the public, as well as were free public schools for both boys and girls. The prevailing Hindu caste system was replaced with an open social order in which unprecedented freedoms of worship and social mobility were allowed. All this occurred at a time centuries before such “Western” concepts evolved in the west!"
— Issue 10 of Cambodia Insight
May 04, 2012
Book decodes ancient Angkor secrets...apparently
Peter Olszewski, Siem Reap Insider
of The Phnom-Penh Post
"According to Siem Reap’s boundary-pushing Khmer photographer Phalika, these and other questions can be answered by careful scrutiny of stone sculpting at the monuments in Angkor Park.
She’s walked the walk, done the study and her photographic evidence is now compiled in a book..."
Novembre 25, 2012
"Un vrai roman policier avec une fin inattendue... et décoiffante !
Voilà qui bouleverse bon nombre d'idées reçues... Un grand moment de l'histoire khmère vient d'être mise à jour par une khmère."
— Odile B., Paris, France
July 8, 2012
"Novateur. Synthétique. Mystèrieux."
— Maxime L., étudiant, Paris, France
Jan 27, 2012
"Bravo! Très convainquant."
— Denis Richer, ethnologue, linguist, specialist de Jayavarman 7, auteur du "Pays perdu", "Histoire de la restauration des temples d'Angkor"
La vraie histoire de Jayavarman 7
et de ses 2 Reines-épouses
Enquête de Denis Richer accompagné
par Dominique Thollon
Grâce au site internet de Ms. Phalika (www.phalikan.com) qui m’a été transmis par des amis connaissant ma passion pour le site d’Angkor et l’intérêt particulier que je porte, depuis 14 ans, à l’énigme de Jayavarman 7, je puis dorénavant affirmer que cette énigme est levée.
As depicted in present history, Jayavarman VII, the most famous Khmer Emperor of the 12th century, is only and always wearing a loin cloth. The king is also missing the presence of his two queens, Indradevi and Jayarajadevi. In the telling of Cambodia’s history, there is little to no scholarship dedicated to the king’s royal regalia or his two queens. The investigative research documented in this book has three objectives: 1. Define the royal regalia and insignia of the period; 2. Locate the two missing queens; and 3. Reveal new findings and insights into the reign of Jayavarman VII across a broad iconography by a review of old data and quizzical interpretations. As suspected, the secrets were cloaked within the details in the royal regalia, which identified the king and the two queens during their period. As a result of this research, the dynamics of the royal profile have been revealed, revived, and redefined across in the bas-reliefs and structures in Bayon, Angkor Thom, Banteay Kdei, Banteay Chhmar, Ta Som, Preah Khan, and Ta Prohm. The surfacing theme is not about the king only, but also about the king’s alliance with his two queens, the co-architects of the Khmer Kingdom, who with the king comprised a dynamic, popular royal triad. New findings in Bayon, the Gates of Angkor Thom and the Terrace of the Leper King have brought new understandings and revised interpretations. The three-year research project was conducted as a field survey with actual data collected and photographs taken in the temples within Angkor Park, Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, and Phnom-Penh.
The investigation and the body of research found on the following pages can be easily investigated and explored on the grounds of Angkor Archeological Park by tourists, locals and historians. I see. You see. They see. We can all see that which has been expressed in the most eloquent, natural, universal and visual language of images left by the king and two queens when in 1181 they began to build the pre-industrial metropolis, Angkor Thom. All visitors can walk, see, touch, feel, and re-live – in the present – a past Khmer culture that existed eight centuries ago... (A preview of 15 pages)
L'enquête est menée comme une exploration et une recherche passionnantes dans le Parc d'Angkor ; elle est à la portée des touristes, des autochtones et des historiens, et peut facilement être reconstituée, étudiée et explorée dans son contexte iconographique actuel. Je vois, tu vois, ils voient. Nous pouvons tous voir ce qui a été exprimé dans le langage le plus éloquent, naturel,universel et visuel des images laissé par le Roi et les deux Reines quand ils ont construit, dès 1181, la métropole préindustrielle : Angkor Thom. De nos jours, tous les visiteurs peuvent déambuler, voir saisir et s’imprégner de la culture khmère telle qu’elle existait il y a plus de huit siècles...(Extrait de 15 pages)