Chams were a people and a culture which flourished for 13 centuries
until the 15th century, after which they were absorbed by
Son Holysee is right in the valley surrounded by mountains. That
makes it more holy and mysterious.
place is the religious and mystic region of the Champa kingdom. The
site perhaps can be considered as the Cham Angkor in Cambodia, Pagan
in Burma, and Borobudur in Indonesia. All mark the Indian influence.
Vestiges are of 68 architectures and different temples. It was first
established as a holy site under King Bhadravarman in the 4th
century and continued to be busy until the 13th century.
Most of the temples have been consecrated to God Shiva, who was
regarded as the founder and protector of Champa's dynasties.
some of the ornamentation work at My Son was never finished,
archaeologists know that the Chams first built their structures and
only then carved decorations into the brickwork. Researchers have
yet to figure out for certain how the Chams managed to get the baked
bricks to stick together. According to one theory, they used a paste
prepared with a botanical oil indigenous to Central Viet Nam. At one
time in their history, the tops of some of the towers were covered
with a layer of gold.
symbolism is also evident at My Son, because by the tenth century
Mahayan Buddism had taken over as the main Cham religion. While many
of the images of deities and the intricate stone carvings on the
temple walls have decayed, here and there, remnants hint at the
compound's former splendour. The Chams built their temples of clay
bricks, then engraved the bricks with intricate patterns of animals,
gods and goddesses, and flowers.