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The history of Asian art or Eastern art, includes a vast range of influences from various cultures and religions.

Its symbolic nature can help one "to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises." Bhutanese art is similar to the art of Tibet.

Both are based upon Vajrayana Buddhism, with its pantheon of divine beings.

In the grotesque world of demons, the artists apparently had a greater freedom of action than when modeling images of divine beings.

The arts and crafts of Bhutan that represents the exclusive “spirit and identity of the Himalayan kingdom’ is defined as the art of Zorig Chosum, which means the “thirteen arts and crafts of Bhutan”; the thirteen crafts are carpentry, painting, paper making, blacksmithery, weaving, sculpting and many other crafts.

It is generally believed that seafaring merchants brought Indian customs and culture to ports along the gulf of Thailand and the Pacific while trading with China. At various times, Cambodia culture also absorbed elements from Javanese, Chinese, Lao, and Thai cultures.

The history of Visual arts of Cambodia stretches back centuries to ancient crafts; Khmer art reached its peak during the Angkor period.

In turn, Cambodia greatly influenced Thailand, Laos and vice versa.