Arktau Eos - Ai Ma Ra
Dark ambient album from Arktau Eos:
"Born out of the vision of its creators in early 2005, Arktau Eos has become a sentient frame capable of capturing fleeting moments of oneiric activity, where essential gnosis manifests itself in blazing hieroglyphs... It is a ghastly and wondrous parade of cryptic images and sounds, which a given recording is a reflection of, thus becoming a new gateway for the perceptive listener. More than music, it is 'ethnography of the unknown' in action, providing vistas into rarely glimpsed corners of reality. Equal parts stellar and serene, subterranean and disturbing, Arktau Eos remains in constant evolution, paying attention only to the cues of the spirits and maintaining the integrity of the dream-continuum of which our 'consciousness' is but a mere drop in the ocean."
Built to honor Vishnu between 800-1100 AD, and believed to be a replica of the home of gods, the ancient Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious temples in the world. Of the five large towers, the central tower is said to represent Mount Meru, where Shiva resides at the center of the world according to Hindu mythology. In all, there are 108 lotus bud shaped towers, a sacred number to both Hindi and Buddhists. More impressive than the structure of the city itself, are over 2,000 divine nymph figures called Asparas decorating the walls and towers. Among the nymphs are bas-reliefs describing the Hindu legends including the ancient battles (some fought in the sky), the 32 hells, 37 heavens and the creation myth Churning the Sea of Milk. Incredibly, this very large, elaborately constructed temple aligns with the constellation Draco of 10,500 BCE for the spring equinox. Attuned to the sun and moon, further studies have found the bas-relief to function as a marker for the days between winter and summer solstices, opening the door suggesting further hidden cosmological meaning. Over five million tons of sandstone was quarried and transported 25 miles to the temple.
By the Siamese invasions of the 15th century, the vast complex has been completely abandoned, the former Khmer Kingdom itself converted to Buddhism from Hinduism, and the site was only spoken of as "temples built by gods or giants".
0:00:00 Stillatory Of Umbrae
0:06:50 Unto Cthonic Waterways Consigned
0:24:52 Coffin Chrysalis
0:46:32 The Urn
0:57:48 Abodes of Daybreak
1:14:00 Adjustments Of The Magnetic Corpse
1:20:05 Oracle Of Frozen Sands
1:27:50 Retrocession Into The Astrolith
1:36:53 Nails Of Power
Ta Prohm temple, Angkor Wat
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