L. LINGA and YONI R. Shiva Lingadbhavam.
KHMER (ANGKOREAN) Anonymous
12th-13th c Cambodian Khmer Sculpture
(active c. 802 - c. 1450)
Phnom Penh. National Museum.
The powers of procreation, male and female energy, which together create the world are shown united on the left. Siva's creative energy is represented by the phallus itself, the sacred LINGA, united with his sakti, which is represented as the YONI. The female principle is the active energy of the union: "The lord-of-sleep (Siva), the phallus clasped by the womb that is his energy, gives forth the seed of the spatial universe... When Energy, which is also the power to think, unites with the lord of sleep, this leads to a state of agitation, of unrest, from which creation springs forth. When she is aloof from him, this leads to the state of sleep, of equalization, in which the world dissolves." (Sri Ghagavati tattva).
On the right Siva is shown within the cosmic linga, with gods and demons engraved upon it representing the fact that Siva rules over both the spirits of light and those of darkness. Siva is himself represented with his characteristic fiery third eye with which he burned the earth to ashes. His three eyes were said to represent the three sources of light that illumine the earth and the sky: the sun, the moon and fire. He is also shown with the matted and flowing locks of the ascetics that symbolize the fall of water of the Ganges that is said to purify all things.
KHMER | c. 1100-1199| c. 1100-1300 | L. LINGA and YONI R. Shiva Lingadbhavam.|Cambodian | Khmer