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JOURNAL OF MY TOUR BY JEEP OF THAILAND, CAMBODIA AND VIETNAM

NOVEMBER, 1956 , page16


I found an ostrich with exact proportions and wondered wheresoever the Khmer would have seen this creature – unless it was carried along as a tribute passed all the way from Africa! Fantastic were the lively illustrations of nervous horses pulling the charriots of princes going to war. I noticed that each prince maintained his balance in his arduously shocking vehicle by assuming the same stance we were (still) taught in fencing just a few years ago…His shield was carried on the left arm, while the right held a sword or spear as picked from a suitable basket within easy reach.



Lower down shows up the endless army of infantry, all shown in the same attitude and covering each other's quarter. Where two charriots battle, one sees how remorselessly the soldiers are mashed and smashed down. Other bloody scenes show apemen using axes to perforate their enemies skulls as well as soldiers being torn apart when their comrades try to drag them from the claws of the monkeys. This "people-pulling" seems a favorite, with one line of monkeys on one side, and a row of people on the other holding each other by the hips and exerting so much force that those in the back are almost lying down horizontally.



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