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A Devata is a semi-divine being, such as guardian spirit or guardian angel, they generally have a female form in Angkor.

Devatas guarded the sanctuaries devoted to goddesses in 10th century temples, then became omnipresent on the walls of temples built in the 12th century.

To understand the distinction between devatas and apsaras, please see 'You say Apsara, I say Devata!'.

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