#1 Unusual Cambodian customs and traditions
Cambodia attracts you and you want to discover the Khmer people? Perhaps you have already booked your plane tickets? In order to prepare yourself for this trip and to discover a new culture, read this article carefully about the often unusual customs and traditions of Cambodians. Take notes, as it will certainly be very useful to remember some of this information.
First of all, a Cambodian’s best weapon is his smile, so it should be yours. It is not without reason that this territory is called the “Land of Smiles”! It is therefore useless to get upset about any problem, because your interlocutor will certainly answer “sorry, sorry” by offering you his best smile. Always keep in mind that these people are quite calm by nature, it is rare to see them getting angry, so imitate them. At the 20th tuk tuk of the day who will offer you his services, don’t get angry: answer “no” with a smile !
Cambodians are very animist, that is, they regularly attribute to things a soul comparable to the human soul. Instead of calling a doctor, they call a Kru, also called a guru, who is more likely to cure them. Full of spirituality, their universe is full of geniuses and spirits, both good and bad. They are also extremely superstitious: enter a pagoda with a hat on and you will be bald in your next life.
Cambodians are also very modest, both in their behavior and in their dress. It is rare to come across any of the finely dressed, especially since they flee the sun’s rays like the plague. The outfits are thus more generally summarized by a long-sleeved t-shirt with a turtleneck, gloves, trousers, socks with the seam adapted to the wearing of flip-flops, and the krama, a traditional Khmer check scarf, worn around the head. It is therefore advisable that you dress correctly and not provocatively (no shirtless, even if it is very hot), especially on the temples.
Speaking of krama, it has a multitude of uses: it can be worn as a scarf, a hat, a belt, a scarf or a pareo. It is also used as a towel, tea towel, blanket or pillow. If you don’t want a cold to come along on your trip, take this famous krama with you, as air conditioning is regularly at its peak in shops, cars, and buses.
Were you interested in this article ? Find the second part of the unusual customs and traditions in Cambodia in the next article.