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The crocodile stone, on the upper level of Wat Phou was possibly the site of an annual sacrifice in pre-Angkorian times. There are boulders shaped to resemble elephants and a crocodile. The crocodile stone has acquired some notoriety as being possibly the site of human sacrifices described in a 6th century Chinese text; the identification is lent some plausibility by the similarity of the crocodile's dimensions to those of a human.
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The crocodile stone, on the upper level of Wat Phou was possibly the site of an annual sacrifice in pre-Angkorian times.   There are boulders shaped to resemble elephants and a crocodile. The crocodile stone has acquired some notoriety as being possibly the site of human sacrifices described in a 6th century Chinese text; the identification is lent some plausibility by the similarity of the crocodile's dimensions to those of a human.