How Cambodian dance survived after so much death

A class in traditional dance at the Khmer Arts Academy in Takmao, Cambodia. (James Wasserman/SE Globe)

A class in traditional dance at the Khmer Arts Academy in Takmao, Cambodia. (James Wasserman/SE Globe)

IN the beginning warring gods and demons churned the cosmic ocean, and celestial dancers called apsaras emerged from the froth. That’s one story about Cambodian dance, its origin myth. This tale is preserved in bas-reliefs on the monumental temples of Angkor, created (like the dance) during the Khmer Empire (802-1431), left to become ruins during centuries of vassalage and rediscovered in the 19th and 20th centuries as emblems, first of royal pride and then of national identity.

More at The New York Times Dance.

Chinese developer’s secret battlefields

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China’s cities are strewn with hidden rubble fields, vast apocalyptic landscapes that terminate abruptly at the thresholds of bustling neighborhoods. The skeletons of houses show what once existed there. Onlookers say it resembles the aftermath of a bombing raid—and it does, except bombs aren’t this precise. The damage here obeys strict geometries. You can fill a wheelbarrow with what’s left of a house on this side of the road, while a house on that side stands without a scratch.

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China jails man for Cultural Revolution murder

The Cultural Revolution radicalised young Chinese into acts of violence against "elites".

The Cultural Revolution radicalised young Chinese into acts of violence against “elites”.

A court in China has jailed an elderly man for a murder committed during the Cultural Revolution after a trial which sparked fierce debate.

Qiu Riren, who is thought to be in his 80s, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison, officials said.

More at BBC News CHINA.