Once upon a time the Kingdom of Cambodia proudly wore the honorary title of “pearl of Asia”. Long years of horrors and deprivation of war could not but affect the country.
At present, it seems that the nightmares of the past began to leave Cambodia, and the country reopened to the world, blossomed and began to look optimistically into the future.
Of course, the trouble is not completely overcame the inhabitants of Cambodia. The country still has poverty, bordering on poverty. Most people walk barefoot, many live in small houses where the roof leaks, crowds of homeless half-naked children, ask for money on the streets.
Children in Cambodia are not just many, it seems that they decided to make up for all the human losses of the bloody seventies – they give birth to children and give birth again. A child in Cambodia is a symbol of the future and hope for the nation that has suffered so much.
With education, in such conditions, it is bad: only about forty percent of the country’s population is literate. Old people here are few, the life expectancy of Cambodians is low, and not many managed to just survive.
The generation of people who are younger than Pol Pot’s age and have not personally experienced the ills of the past has already been born, but it is still almost impossible to find a family that would not have lost someone close and dear at the time.
However, the most incredible thing is that the Cambodians’ faces continue to glow with genuine optimism. Fun and laughter is written on the faces of these skinny people. Perhaps the answer to the question, what makes them smile, is simple: how not to love and not appreciate life, when you remember that more recently human life did not cost anything.
What is the main thing in the life of a modern Cambodian? Craftsmen or merchants, fishermen or farmers – all unite one thing – their big and friendly family.
The concept of the family in Cambodia includes everything, even the most distant relatives. Cambodians know the taste of losing dear and beloved people, so family values are indestructible here.
Cambodians tend to have some kind of community, they hold fast to each other. Religious values and traditions of Buddhism are mixed, without exaggeration, with the cult of the family. In every family tradition, in every ritual there is some secret meaning. For example, consider a traditional wedding in Cambodia.
The bride must dress up from the night. Early in the morning, before the noonday raging heat began, the groom, with relatives and numerous friends, came to the house of the chosen one.
Rituals, rituals, instructions, songs, dances – last, it seems in Cambodia endlessly. Marriage is a serious matter, therefore, it does not regret the time for its preparation, the very ceremony itself, in Cambodia.
Wedding dances, and all the dances of Cambodians, are a real art. This is the top of grace, grace, and incomprehensible sharpness of movements.
Family life differs patriarchal way of life. However, there are no “harassment” of women by men. Buddhism shapes the restrained and tranquil character of Cambodians.
There is no manifestation of anger and anger here, especially in relation to the spouse. Despite the fact that couples for their children are mainly determined by parents, understanding, tolerance and, ultimately, love, reigns in almost any family.
Every Cambodian boy goes through a ritual of teaching Buddhist principles. At sixteen, he leaves home to taste the delights of monastic life.
For several years the young man has worked hard, reflects, knows the secrets of being and learns humility. After such preparation it turns out, including, and the quite good husband.
He will not exert excessive care, fuss, and try to achieve something in life is not accepted. We need to be satisfied with the small, that which you already have. However, respect and respect, patience and cautiousness of treatment are guaranteed to any Cambodian wife.
Apart from religion and family in the life of a Cambodian, there is another very important thing – food. Unnaturalism in eating local people, unfortunately, taught not religion, there was a terrible famine.
What not to see on the dinner table is a simple Cambodian family! In terms of food, the people of Cambodia does not show great ingenuity and quickness. Everything that moves, flies and creeps, and everything that grows is perceived by the Cambodians as a food product.
Insects: cockroaches, some incomprehensible locusts, spiders, – all this abundance will be served by a good hostess. The spiders here, by the way, are special – spiders are perceived as a delicacy, locals arrange whole safaris, extracting this nutritious product.
For dessert, residents eat fried bananas, a daily dish of Cambodian. Meat is practically not used in food. It is too expensive for local residents.
But many good family breadwinners spend whole days fishing, bringing inexhaustible protein supplies to their home. Still there is one dish – invariable rice.
The whole food ration is not rich, but the main thing in Cambodia is not the variety in food, the main thing is not to put the children to sleep on an empty stomach. Despite everything, the Cambodian families are very hospitable, this case is interesting.
A married couple from England, vacationing in Cambodia, lost and lagged behind the tourist bus. They wandered a long time through a small fishing village. As a result, when the poor people were desperate to find any help, a phone or at least a snack, they decided to knock on the first house they found.
All the inhabitants of the house ran out to greet guests. The English tried to explain for a long time that they wanted to buy some food, but all attempts were useless, and then the owner of the house gestured for them to go to a small room with a covered table.
After some time, a breathless guide came running into the house, discovering the lost Englishmen. “Did you eat all this?” – he was surprised, – “This is a supply of food for a few days for their entire family!”.
Money the head of the family refused to take, motivating it by the fact that the guests do not take money. The only thing that was possible – to hand inexpensive beads, as a gift to the hospitable Cambodian wife.