In Kampong Chhnang, a village guards its spiritual guardian from government hands

via Phnom Penh Post, 28 July 2017: This case from Cambodia highlights the blurred lines between archaeological heritage and folk belief.

Under normal circumstances, found artefacts in Cambodia are handed over to the government and taken to the National Museum. But sometimes – like in an ongoing case in Kampong Chhnang province – the desires and beliefs of villagers clash with the government’s idea of cultural preservation

Source: In Kampong Chhnang, a village guards its spiritual guardian from government hands, Phnom Penh Post

Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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