Khmer cemetery. Contrary to Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhism, Cambodians cremate their dead. It is said if one is not cremated, one’s soul cannot properly achieve a rebirth and become an angered spirit roaming the earth. #vietnam #khmer #temples #wat #buddhism #asia #travels
Buddhist temple ceiling in Cambodia are painted with stories of Buddha and his ascension into enlightenment. Within these temple walls, children from an early age are taught the Khmer script from the monks, in return alms are given to the monks. #cambodia #khmer #temples #battambang #buddhism
Khmer classical dance, the indigenous ballet-like performance art of Cambodia, is called “Apsara Dance.” An Apsara is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Apsaras are thought to be beautiful, supernatural female beings - youthful, elegant, and superb in the art of dancing.