Apsara dancers. When an apsara depicted is in front of a temple in a still position, then it is called a devata.

Apsara dancers. When an apsara depicted is in front of a temple in a still position, then it is called a devata.

Apsara is a female spirit in Hinduism and Buddhism. They are likened to greek muses, celestial nymphs and angels – albeit sexy ones.

They are young, beautiful, elegant, and dance like gods.

According to our guide in Cambodia, an apsara is the ideal woman.

We saw a lot of apsaras while we were in Siem Reap, Cambodia. They are motifs for stone bas-reliefs in many temples such as Angkor Wat. Which makes me wonder – didn’t these voluptuous nymphs distract the monks in the temple?

We also visited a restaurant with Cambodian dinner buffet cum apsara dance show. Shows like these are booked in advance.