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Circus has a long history in its origins of Khmer traditional art dating as far back to the pre-Angkorian era, as evidenced by the sculptures carved on various ancient temples. Cambodian circus art is form of performing art which has been in existence and has grown in Cambodia ever since the great empire era. It can be seen in the sculptures on Ba Puon Temple built by King Otey Tiddhyavarman II (1050-1066 “Shivaism), Angkor Wat temple built by King Suryavarman II (1113-1152, “Vishnuism”), and Bayon Temple built by King Jayarvarman VII (1181-1218, “Mahayana Buddhism”). Most of these sculptures depict archetypal scenes of daily life, though, there are clear examples of circus performance art imagery found in the Elephant Terrace, Sdech Komlung terrace and other temples of that period. It was likely that the Suor Proat Temple was also connected with circus arts during the great Empire Era as the sculptured period depicts acts of concealment, manipulation, animal training, and a variety of other skills. And now we have Cambodia’s National Circus School, which is based in the capital, to stage a full performance in the grand circus tradition of Cambodia.
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