“When they have found that no clew is attainable unless it can be found in popular legends, they turn away discouraged, and a final verdict is withheld. At the same time Vincent quotes a writer who remarks that these ruins “are as imposing as the ruins of Thebes, or Memphis, but more mysterious.”
Mouhot thinks they were erected “by some ancient Michael Angelo” and adds that Nagkon-Wat “is grander than anything left to us by Greece or Rome.” Furthermore, Mouhot ascribes the building again to some of the lost tribes of Israel, and is corroborated in that opinion by Miche, the French Bishop of Cambodia, who confesses that he is struck “by the Hebrew character of the faces of many of the savage Stiens.” Henri Mouhot believes that “without exaggeration, the oldest parts of Angkor may be fixed at more than 2,000 years ago.”
This, then, in comparison with the pyramids, would make them quite modern; the date is more incredible, because the pictures on the walls may be proved to belong to those archaic ages when Poseidon and the Kabeiri were worshipped throughout the continent.
Had Nagkon-Wat been built, as Dr. Adolf Bastian will have it, “for the reception of the learned patriarch, Buddhagosa, who brought the holy books of the Trai-Pidok from Ceylon; or, as Bishop Pallegoix, who “refers the erection of this edifice to the reign of Phra Pathum Surviving”, when, “the sacred books of the Buddhist were brought from Ceylon, and Buddhism became the religion of the Cambodians”, how is it possible to account for the following?
“We see in this same temple carved images of Buddha, four, and even thirty-two-armed, and two and sixteen-headed gods, the Indian Vishnu, gods with wings, Burmese heads, Hindu figures, and Ceylon mythology. You see warriors riding upon elephants and in chariots, foot soldiers with shield and spear, boats, tigers, griffins…serpents, fishes, crocodiles, bullocks…soldiers of immense physical development, with helmets, and some people with beards – probably Moors. The figures”, adds Mr. Vincent, “stand somewhat like those on the great Egyptian monuments, the side partly turned toward the front…and I noticed, besides, five horsemen, armed with spear and sword, riding abreast, like those seen upon the Assyrian tablets in the British Museum.”
For our part, we may add, that there are on the walls several repetitions of Dagon, the man-fish of the Babylonians, and of the Kabeirian gods of Samothrace. This may have escaped the notice of the few archeologists who examined the place; but upon stricter inspection they will be found there, as well as the reputed father of the Kabeiri – Vulcan, with his bolts and implements, having near him a king with a sceptre in his hand, which is the counterpart of that of Cheronaea, or the sceptre of Agamemnon”, so-called, said to have been presented to him by the lame god of Lemnos. In another place we find Vulcan, recognizable by his hammer and pincers, but under the shape of a monkey, as usually represented by the Egyptians.”
H. P. Blavatsky