SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Yama, the God of Justice and the Afterlife, over Cambodian Religious History

Illustration - Mikaelian - Bordonneau
Ang Choulean

Date: 20 June 2018Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 20 June 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B204

Type of Event: Workshop


With the shift to Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia around the 14th century, many prominent Hindu gods such as Shiva or Vishnu of ancient Cambodia struggled to survive. Such is not the case of Yama, whose role and prestige seem to have remained intact. His strong presence is easily noticeable in beliefs related to the afterlife or in rituals such as cremation, as one might expect. Furthermore, close attention to other sectors of human activity in which the idea of ‘cycle’ maintains, shows the same strong presence. This talk will consider Yama in Cambodia through a historical prism, paying particular attention to the god’s material forms. 

Speaker Biography

Ang Choulean is Executive Director of YOSOTHOR, an organization working for the conservation and promotion of Khmer culture, and Professor of Religious Anthropology and Old Khmer epigraphy at the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh. He also acts as Advisor to the Cambodian governmental APSARA Authority responsible for managing Angkor. For several decades now his work has focused on Angkor as a socio-geographic field.

Free Event. Please register here.

Event sponsored by the SOAS Centre for Southeast Asian Studies with the generous support of the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme, funded by the Alphawood Foundation.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

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