Indian Prince Cambodian Princess The Origin of Cambodia
Empire Khmer( 900-1300 ) • The Khmers cradled the most brilliant civilization in Southeast Asia
Jayavarman VII • God-king • Builder-king • Warrior-king
Economy Production Distribution Consumption
Monsoon --- a wind of the Indian Ocean and southern Asia which causes the rainy season.
Hydraulic Economy: • Economy involving, moved by, or operated by a fluid, especially water
Climate: • Rainy season: May---October Growing and planting rice seedlings • Dry season: November---April Paddy harvest
Mating Marriage Family Household Education Inheritance Divorce Death/burial Family
Family • Type of family = nuclear • Goal of family = economic goals
Marriage • Mating= Arranged • Type of marriage = monogamy • Rule of marriage = exogamy • Goal of married = having a family especially new generations such as children
Household • Types of household = nuclear • Rules of household = neo local
Education • Formal education (buddhist association) • Informal education ( family, socialization)
Inheritance • Divided equally among children
Divorce • Divorce is allowed • Divorce is a socially recognized option, although there is social pressure against it and some reluctance to grant it. • Assets are divided equally between the spouses
Death • Family is responsible • Buddhist tradition • Ceremonies in memory of the dead are held on the seventh and hundredth days after life
The wedding system • Cambodian weddings are long and intricate affairs that consist of multiple ceremonies and songs.
KHMER WEDDING • bride and groom being blessed by devada (angels)during the "hair cutting" or "cleansing" ceremony
DOWRY • A dowry is money or property brought by a bride to her husband at marriage. Cambodians, however, believe that the groom should present the bride with gifts. He travels to the bride’s home accompanied by his family with trays filled with fruits, cakes, gifts, and jewelry. Instead of money, the gifts are arranged and presented to the bride’s family on silver trays. The number of trays depends on the groom’s wealth and status. During this time, family and friends meet and the wedding rings are exchanged. Three songs are included in the dowry celebration.
The fruits, cakes, and gifts are arranged in a certain manner. The display is presented to the bride and groom from the guests at their wedding.
Arrival of the Groom ( Neay Pream He Kaun Kamlas): this song tells the story of the groom and his family's journey to the bride's home.
Presenting the Dowry (Chambak Rouy): ·A conversation between the matchmakers, parents, relatives, and friends of the bride and groom. The groom's family and friends formally present the dowry gifts to the bride's family.
Inviting the Elders to Chew Betel Nut (Pak Paeuk Pisa Sla): The betel nut is presented to the bride and groom's elders. Parents of both the bride and groom ask for blessings and well wishes for their children.
HOW MANY DAYS DOES THE WEDDING LAST? • Traditional Cambodian weddings last three days and three nights. Three is an important number to Cambodians because it is symbolic of the “three jewels” of Buddhism. The “three jewels” are the… • 1. The Buddha 2. The Sangha (the brotherhood of monks) 3. The Dhamma (Buddha’s teachings)