In the beginning was the Kbal Romeas Cave. Nobody knows for how long it was inhabited. Archaeologists found marine shells and ceramics at the site dated 5370 BC. Carbonnel and Delibrias dated the place to the New Stone Age in 3420 BC, corresponding to the Neolithic Revolution. The amazement of the Angkorian temples makes to neglect other historical – and pre-historical – times of the Khmers. The grandeur of Angkor did not come from night to day – Phnom Penh wasn’t built in a night. It is actually the result of a long historical process. The lovers of Angkor must study the previous date with careful attention to understand the process. Continue reading
Another hidden detail of a Mountain like Bokor is the moss. I took this picture at the Water Fall – of course, there are a lot mosses, since it is a natural water place. Mosses are unusual to most Cambodians, because they are in general low-land people, but highlanders – like me and Cambodians from provinces like Ratanakiri and Mondolkiri – know them very well. It is important to include them in the culture of ecological protection, because they are important for the mountain ecosystem and the generation of water.
The size of the monuments we build, talk about the size of the development we want. You can find huge monuments in industrialized countries representing their ambitions (see the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of the Liberty or historical places like the Pyramids of Egypt, the Chinese Wall and even the Angkor Temples.)
What is under construction in Bokor Mountain is historically huge too. Continue reading
Kompot. A group of about 150 persons attended the Christmas celebration at the Kompot Catholic Church last evening. Fr. Son, the parish priest and one of the few Cambodian Catholic priests – most of the clergy is made by foreigners, – underlined the presence of ten persons coming from countries like Colombia, Japan, England, France, Italy, Greece and Vietnam. ‘Even in our small group, the Lord gives us a sign that He was born two thousand years ago for all mankind,’ he said during the homily to the faithful, most of them young people. Continue reading
Kompot. Two gang rapes in a single month in Kompot province and two humiliated girls, one ready to commit suicide. The most interesting is that the gangsters are young as 16 years old and most of them students. On May 5 a group of 13 males abused a 16 years old. Eight of them are fugitives from justice. Last Monday, the court charged three students for the rape of a 20 years old woman in an infamous case. The police is searching for other four males. Continue reading