National Geographic : 1935 Oct
BY MOTOR TRAIL ACROSS FRENCH INDO-CHINA ANIMATED CHECKER "MEN" AWAIT THE PLAYERS' NEXT MOVE Acting as living pieces in a local version of a checker game, these Man-Coc girls, their playing names exposed on small plaques, do not sit within the bamboo-marked squares but at their inter sections. The photographer, busy with his lenses, admits that he did not master the game, in which plays made on a small board were duplicated on this checkerboard, large as two tennis courts. THEIR ANCESTORS FORGED THE CLAMPS WHICH BOUND KHMER TEMPLES TOGETHER For untold generations the Kuis of Pnom-Dek, or the Iron Mountain, have worked the mines and forged the metal. Each process has mystical and religious significance, and tenons their fore fathers fashioned a thousand years ago still resist the strain of the jungle roots, as they insinuate their fibers and slowly pry to bits the shrines of half-forgotten gods.