Devatas were quite so revered in ancient Cambodian culture that at the temple of Angkor Wat there are an incredible one thousand, seven hundred and ninety six bas-reliefs dedicated uniquely to the Devatas. The reliefs show an immense variety of facial characteristics and differing clothing and head-dresses. The clothing and head-dresses are probably intended to portray regional differences.
The Devatas were the important women of the time, considered to be descended from gods and goddesses, and the next best thing, kings, queens, princes and princesses. The Devatas are not to be mistaken with the Apsaras, who were the entertainers and messengers of deities and Devatas.
When King Jayavarman VII fought off the invaders in the 12th century, and set about reconstructing the city of Angkor, the two architects he chose to work with the most were his two wives, Queen Indradevi and Queen Jayarajadevi. Not only are buildings constructed by the trio still around today, but they put social systems in place to aid their people. Both men and women had a right to education, to own their own property and be taken care of by a public healthcare system. Not only did all this come about it in the 12th century, it came from the royals themselves. An uncommon event in worldwide history, to say the least.
Now you can have a part of this history and culture in your very own home. Your own personal tribute to the greatness of the era, and its royals and deities.