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Cambodian Festival Honors Spirits of Dead

Issued: 23 September 2002

The lost ancient Buddhist ceremony was resurrected for the remembrance of the 1.7 million victims of Pol Pot's "killing field" during the brutal Khmer Rouge rule.

Cambodians offer prayers to the spirits of dead at the Annual Pchnum Benn Festival in Phnom Pehn.

Thousands of Cambodians offer rice and cakes on Sunday to unhappy spirits of the millions who perished under the Khmer Rouge. That horrible event evokes the ceremony which is lost in ancient Buddhist folklore to commemorate the victims of the event. One of the participants of the festival told that his loved ones died of starvation; he came then to offer them food.


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