Religion, Phnom Penh

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    money for Buddhas

    by richiecdisc Updated Mar 29, 2005

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    It’s a very common sight to see Buddha’s in local temples with money donations in plain view, something Westerns might find odd in such a poverty stricken country. But as is the case in most cultures, robbing religion is not common even in a country as politically corrupt as Cambodia. Still, the Khmer Rouge had little regard for religious architecture during their reign of terror.

    Smiling Buddha's raking in the bucks
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    Spirit Houses

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 3, 2004

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    I saw these both in Thailand and Cambodia. They are, in effect, small shrines and can range from the simple to the ornate. They are vestiges of the animistic religions that preceeded the arrival of Buddhism in the region. It is to the right of the chedi.

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    by Hewer Written Aug 26, 2004

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    I saw these monks travelling on the back of a truck. My guide told me that they were returning from a construction site. Some builders wish to have their labours blessed by higher powers and the monks oblige with meditation and prayer. It`s a nice tradition.

    Monks, Phnom Penh

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    Bye Bye Bird

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Mar 17, 2004

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    Everywhere on the streets, but expecially near the Wats, old ladies try to sell you a bird.
    If you free it, it will breng you happiness and a long life.

    Rumours fo that the birds are trained and come back to their cages after a few minutes.


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    Cambodian spirit houses

    by sunnywong Written Nov 30, 2002

    I love the colorful spirit houses. These adorn most Cambodian homes as a shrine to their departed ancestors.

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