Phom Penh, Cambodia, 1952
Actors on the steps of the throne room present a scene from the Ramayana, the Indian epic. They tell the story of Rama, an exiled prince living in a forest. When his wife Sita is abducted by Ravana, a demon-king, Rama allies himself with the monkey kingdom, vanquishes his enemies and regains his wife. White-masked Hanuman, the monkey god, here battles one of Ravana’s demons.