The face of Bayon is the most famous face in Cambodia. And there are sixty four of them on the site and thousands more depicted all over the country, on walls, paintings, and every hotel and restaurant. No one really knows whose face it is. It’s a mystery!
- When we travel, we know we only search the surface of a country and it’s people. Do we see it’s face? Is it smiling? Is it smiling for us? If it wasn’t smiling would we care why?
- Do people “put on a good face”?
- What does a face tell about a person?
- “You can order one coffee and sit there all day using the free wifi”, one expat told me.”They won’t ask you to leave, that would be losing face.”
- Do I have a smiling face as I wander about? Sometimes a smiling face is ALL I’ve got, when the bits of language evaporate from my working memory.
- “These glasses fit your face. It’s because of your long nose.” said the guy selling sunnies. Gosh. Thanks
- “I can’t climb another temple, I simply can’t face those steps.” said a large lady at Angkor
- And how would these people feel about their face being thrust onto this blog and the Internet. That’s a good question, they gave permission to have their pictures taken, which is a good start. Beyond that, who knows.
What do you think? What’s in a face?