Thanksgiving Cambodian Style

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Wat Phnom
 

With two hours to wait before my bus to Sihanoukville, I walked over to Wat Phnom to look for the monk who had tied a red cloth bracelet onto my right wrist for good wishes last January.[See 'Going East' of my 'SE Asia for the Winter' blog]  The monk's blessing seemed confusing at times since: my camera was stolen in Vietnam, my laptop crapped out, and the summer job in Alaska didn't fare well. On the other hand, I replaced the camera and laptop with better ones, found gold in Alaska, survived a lengthy kayak trip on Lake Michigan, toured my own country from coast to coast meeting old friends and new,  and returned safely to Wat Phnom. I wanted to show the monk that I still proudly wore the red bracelet.

Inside the temple

 

I didn't see any monks at all as I strolled the shaded grounds around the base of the hill so proceeded up its concrete stairs. I removed my flip-flops and entered the main temple. An attendant nodded for me to remove my cap. The hundreds of smaller Buddhas in the chamber were adorned with offerings of thanks by others who had prospered by their own good wishes. Those thanks were offered primarily in the form of burning incense, flowers, or small denominations of Cambodian Rials. I reached into a pocket and pulled out the 800 Rials, change from a packet of Oreo cookies and bag of salted cashews that I had purchased at a convenience store for my bus trip, and gratefully placed the notes in the cradled hands of one of the smaller Buddha statues. I had come full circle and it felt nice.

 

Lord_Mike says:
Coming full circle...what a nice feeling, indeed!
Posted on: Jan 18, 2009
AlicjaK says:
so different world!
Posted on: Nov 30, 2008
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Wat Phnom
Wat Phnom
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
The main stairs leading to the tem…
The main stairs leading to the te…
Guarding the stairs
Guarding the stairs
Approaching Wat Phnom
Approaching Wat Phnom
Side view of Wat Phnom
Side view of Wat Phnom
Burning incense
Burning incense
One fat monkey
One fat monkey
Venders offering snacks and items …
Venders offering snacks and items…
Offering incense
Offering incense
Another Wat Phnom monkey
Another Wat Phnom monkey
Stairs leading to the temple
Stairs leading to the temple
This woman sold snails and duck eg…
This woman sold snails and duck e…
Flowers and incense
Flowers and incense
Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh Cambodians
Phnom Penh Cambodians
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