Thursday, March 4, 2010

Angkor Wat, 1921

A trio of proper archeologists at one of the approaches to the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, circa 1921. To this day it's unknown why the massive city surrounding the complex was abandoned. Well, conventional theorists can't explain it. Those familiar with the corrupting influence of certain Mythos figures have no trouble at all imagining why the entire population would flee the largest pre-industrial city in the world.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, well, just being "the largest pre-industrial city in the world" implies an incredibly precarious situation, since you have to maintain the same steady influx of food and water as a modern city without the latter's agro-industrial resources. The system is human-based, so once people even start abandoning it, everything breaks down, and everyone has to leave. If there's drought, if there's failure in the crops or in the public works necessary to grow them, or if a plague or an attack on the city scatters the population, the city's not set up to keep functioning.

As far as I know, Angkor Wat wasn't hit by plague, but it did have deteriorating food and water supplies and was raided and sacked.

Okay, let's blame Cthulhu.