Churning of the Milk Ocean Cambodia at Musee Guimet.

In this talk, we will see which manifestations of Vishnu and figures from Vaishnava narratives seem to be popular in Khmer art, including Hayagriva, Krishna-Govardhana, and Vali-Sugriva.  Using texts, art, and ritual, we then discuss some possible interpretations of the churning of the ocean of milk story in India and Cambodia to explain its popularity over more than a thousand years in Cambodia.