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Cambodian religion

Cambodian monks

Heavily influenced by India, the culture of Cambodia has possessed a rich and varied history dating back several centuries ago. Throughout the long history of Cambodia, religion has been a main source of inspiration. During nearly two millennia, a unique Khmer belief was developed from the amalgamation of different religions of domestic animistic beliefs and Buddhism and Hinduis’s Indian religion. Indochina tours in Cambodia

Cambodian monks

Cambodian monks – source: eternalasiatravel.com

The largest amount of the population of Cambodia- approximately around 90-95%- is ethnic Khmers, although there are also minorities including hill tribes, ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese people. Rural people, who earn a living on agriculture, occupy a large percentage of the population.

Theravada Buddhism, which is heavily influenced by Shaivism and Vaishnavism is the most popular religion in Cambodia with approximately 95% of Cambodian followers. The Buddhist monastery (wat) and Sangha (monkhood), combining with important Buddhist dogmas such as rebirth and the accumulation of wealth, are at the heart of local religious life, but blend with domestic beliefs such as the highest role of ancestors and spirits. Travel to Cambodia

Buddhism appeared in Cambodia long time ago

Buddhism appeared in Cambodia long time ago – source: angkorer.com

During the sixth century B.C, what are now north India and Nepal is the origination of Buddhism. Theravada Buddhism, whose precepts demand that each individual to have full responsibility for what he has done and his own pretermissions, is a forgiving, non-prescriptive religion that does not require belief in a supreme power.

Karma (the belief that the life at present and in the future of an individual depends on his own actions and misdoings); dharma (the dogma of the Buddha instructing people to the right actions and belief) and sangha, the self-disciplined community within which man can promote his karma, are three concepts of Buddhism. Nirvana, a final extinction of one’s self is regarded as the Buddhist salvation. People can attain nirvana by achieving good karma through earning much merit and avoiding mistakes.

Religion plays an important role in Cambodian culture

Religion plays an important role in Cambodian culture – source: essenceofasiatours.com

A Buddhist’s religious journey through existence is a continual attempt to take himself or herself far away from the world and finally to achieve complete separation, or nirvana. The basic formations of Buddhist theory are the Four Super Truths: suffering exits; yearning is the cause of suffering; giving up all desire to release from suffering and enlightenment. Awareness includes knowing these truths. The normal layperson cannot wish for nirvana after the end of this life, but can by following the doctrine’s rules of moral conduct at his or her best does he or she wish to improve his or her karma and thereby much better condition in his next rebirth.

Heavily influenced by India, the culture of Cambodia has possessed a rich and varied history dating back several centuries ago. Throughout the long history of Cambodia, religion has been a main source of inspiration. Spreading in the later years of the Khmer Empire, Theravada Buddhism is nationally regarded as the religion of ethnic Khmer. Once coming to Cambodia, besides discovering its beauty, explore its religion is also advisable.

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