To Western eyes, coming from countries where church is separated from daily life, clergy is separated from the general populace, and you believe in one creed at a time, there was a lot to get used to in Cambodia. For one thing, most boys from Buddhist families become monks at some time in their lives, and women may become monks, too. It may be for a short time before they move back into daily life, or it may last a lifetime. But either way, you will see the brightly colored orange robes and shaved heads everywhere. Continue reading Travel Photos: Cambodian Religion
Today I continue sharing my photos of Cambodia, even though A Traveler’s Library is in the midst of England week. The truth is, I have very few pictures of England because I have spent such brief periods there.
Additionally, I want to continue with Cambodia and show you some of the carvings that amazed me when I was visiting the Bayon Temple at Siem Riep, not far from the more famous Angkor Wat. To put this in perspective, you have to remember that the art was created during what was known as the late Middle Ages in Europe (in the 12the and 13th centuries). At that time, Europeans had no knowledge of the cultures of southeast Asia and vice versa. Each thought, as people tend to do, that they were the center of the universe and the height of civilization. Continue reading Travel Photo Thursday: Cambodian Temple Art
While I was digging through photos for yesterday’s post, I found so many that I wanted to share, that I decided to devote the next few Travel Photo Thursdays to Cambodia. Today I’ll show you some of the people we saw going about their everyday life.
The first one is particularly appropriate as we await the launch of the new 3-D Titanic. Do you see why? And yes, I bought a bunch of bracelets.