Ethereal being… Celestial dancer… Spirit of the clouds & waters… Muse of the gods.
The mystique of the apsaras has beguiled the peoples of the Nusantara lands since ancient times. These enigmatic & alluring beings have fired the imaginations of poets & storytellers, artistes, artisans and dreamers alike.
They are known by different names across Southeast Asia… “vidhya dhari” or “tep apsar” in Khmer, “acchara” in Vietnamese, “bidadari” in Indonesian and Malay, “biraddali” in Filipino Tausug, “apsari” or “widyadari” in Javanese and “aapson” in Thai.
Whatever called, however portrayed… apsaras figure prominently in the richly diverse & syncretic cultures of Nusantara.