By Khemara Thach
Originally published in KKFYC Magazine June edition 2008
The “Bon Sama Thieng” is to take place on key Buddhist days (or Thngay Seul in Khmer Krom): namely Thngay Penh Boe Ra Mey (Full Moon), Thngay Dach Khe (Religious Month End), Thngay Pram-Bey (or eighth) Keut, and Thngay Pram-Bey (or eighth) Rout, etc.
By Reported by Diem Thu of Thanh Nien Daily
Is Vietnam finally seeing the true colour of the rich and vibrant culture of the Khmers in Kampuchea-Krom? Maybe it's about time Vietnam gives the Khmer Krom people recognition as the indigenous peoples epecially since all temples are living proof of their ancestral and historic roots to the Mekong Delta.
The Mekong Delta is home to an array of distinctive Khmer pagodas off the beaten track.
Item 3: Climate Change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges
Collective Statement by the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation and the Montagnard Foundation
Speaker: Ricky Tran
Land is the soil in which we walk, live and breathe. Having lived on the Mekong Delta region for centuries, our people love harvesting our growing rice fields. We have lived in harmony with our rich land and natural resources. Vietnam armed with no knowledge or respect of the land has over the decades created canals which have destroyed our lands, channelling salt and changing the fundamental landscape of our land.
The Ooc Om Boc Festival is a religious ceremony for Vietnam’s Khmer minority group and is dedicated to the moon. Held as the dry season starts when the rice fields begin to ripen, it is also a time to pray for a good harvest.
Words & photographs by Moeun Nhean
eRenlai Magazine l Click here to view stunning images of Khleang Temple
Mighty and vast, the Khmer empire, stretched across modern Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. It left cultural and architectural legacies throughout South-east Asia and, though Thailand has used this inheritance to lure tourists, historical sites in Southern Vietnam remain practically unknown.
People from all over the Mekong Delta soon will be flocking to Soc Trang to catch the year’s best Buddhist pseudo-sporting event. Tan Huan and Trung Hieu get ready for the Khmer Moon Worship Festival.
The ngo boat racing is possibly the highlight of the annual Ok Om Bok or Moon Worship Festival of the ethnic Khmer people in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta.
Millions of Khmer and Khmer Krom people are gathering to their local temples this weekend to celebrate the Don Ta or English term ancestral festival.
The festival is an annual cultural event for Khmer people around the world, including the Khmer Krom people, to remember their past ancestors as well as the freedom fighters and soldiers who had sacrificed their lives for their nation.
by Trung Hieu – Vien Du
On a quiet, peaceful afternoon, in a large, airy chamber of an ancient Khmer pagoda, two yellow-robed monks – one wrinkled, one fresh-faced – study a large Buddhist prayer book.
They must turn each page carefully, for the book doesn’t contain ordinary paper. Rather, its pale yellow pages are made of a special type of dried leaf, on which prayers and descriptions of historical events are etched in delicate Khmer script.
Tran Thi El, 73, is worried about the future of the 200-year-old dance form known as ro bam, a traditional performance of the Khmer people living in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region. It's an artform that her family, has preserved for six generations but that El worries may be dying out.
So, El couldn't have been happier when her three children and grandson all travelled to the US by the end of last month to participate in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC.