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25 October 2011 / leggypeggy

Dedicated to the biters of the world

Biting—a warfare tactic.

We spent yesterday at Angkor Wat in central Cambodia. This magnificent complex of temples is rightly considered the 8th Wonder of the World and I’ll be writing blog entries on the four main temples we visited.

But I couldn’t resist sharing two images from the bas relief galleries that flank the walls of Angkor Wat itself.

Frankly, I had no idea biting was such an effective and common tactic in warfare, but old art doesn’t lie.

These walls were filled with images of monkeys biting men, men biting men, monkeys biting tigers, tigers biting men, tiger biting elephants. Virtually everyone was having a chomp out of someone.

Of course, all this vividly reminded me our own biter. But I won’t name names—the perpetrator has outgrown this habit, although is sometimes seen gnashing teeth.


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  1. Libby Bright / Oct 31 2011 2:32 pm

    Oh, I know exactly who you mean…and I would say they’ve only just grown out of it. I’m still on guard….


  2. leggypeggy / Nov 1 2011 6:59 pm

    Oh, I think we try to stay on guard.


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