We made another trip to Cambodia in May where we visited Phnom Penh and surrounding areas and searched for antiques to offer in the gallery.
A highlight was a visit to Phnom Chisor, a temple from the Angkor Period, built by the Khmer king, Suryavarman, who practiced Brahmanism.
The temple sits upon a solitary hill in Takeo Province, offering wonderful panoramic views of the countryside below.
It’s quite a climb up a long series of steps in the heat of the dry season.
Wedding customs The Buddhist views on marriage are very liberal.
In Buddhism, marriage is considered as personal and individual concern, and not as a religious duty. It does not force somebody to remain as a bachelor.
It could be by the parents of either side or by the eligible boy himself.
When the boy finds a suitable girl for him, he would usually send a family friend to the girl's house.
Despite being looted during the Khmer Rouge regime, many impressive pieces remain.
The collection dates from prehistoric times, pre, present, and post Khmer Empire period, up to the 19 century. The scale and quality of artistic endeavour from the Angkorian Era is breathtaking, but we were also reminded of the beauty of pre-Angkor art.
Marriage Through The Ages Buddhist marriages have been considered as secular matters in Buddhist countries.
The parties took a blessing from monks at the local temple after the civil registration formalities have been completed.
His role is to see whether the girl's family shows any inclination towards the proposal.