Temple of the Son

Originally published in the January 2015 issue of Smile, Cebu Pacific’s inflight magazine.

I’m a person, not a mountain goat, I tell myself as I carefully position my foot on an awkwardly angled sandstone block and shift my weight. My traveling companions are coping with Banteay Chhmar’s topsy-turvy walking paths better than I am at the moment, leaving me to bring up the rear. In my struggle, I almost forget to look up. When I do, it’s directly in front of me: the Bayon-style “face tower” known as Tower 18, its impassive visages held high, as if human vices and the caprices of nature had not laid its surroundings low…

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