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Yajnavaraha (10th century) : Royal Physician and Priest

Yajnavaraha (10th century) was a priest-doctor and royal physician at King Rajendravarman’s court in Angkor, Cambodia, where he practised traditional Cambodian medicine and Ayurveda. He was the grandson of King Harshavarman I and a royal Brahmin. The majority of his knowledge came from his father Damodara, a vedic scholar. He was well-known for his religious …

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Try to be master of your strength rather than focusing on the unseen.

How Krom Ngoy outsmarted Phirum Yu with a clever response! There was a story that when Krom Ngoy traveled via Battambang to return to Cambodia, he met Phirum Yu, a talented poet and language master. Phirum Yu asked Krom Ngoy to participate in a competition because he had heard that Krom Ngoy was a great …

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The longest festival in Cambodia is celebrated for 15 days.

Do you know that the biggest festival in Cambodia takes place over a 15-day period? The longest celebration in Cambodia, Pchum Ben, lasts for 15 days and is followed by three days of vacation. In Cambodia, it has historically been a tradition to honor departed family members with special Khmer sticky rice cakes, meals, and …

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Do you know? There are 19 indigenous languages in Cambodia.

The spoken languages reflect the diversity of the cultures.  In Cambodia, there are at least 19 indigenous languages. They can be divided roughly into the Austronesian language family, which includes the Jarai people, and the Mon-Khmer language family, which includes the Brao, Kreung, Tumpoun, Bunong, and Kui people. Some native languages are only spoken. Initiatives …

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Pottery making: Cambodia’s oldest and most living craft tradition.

The reuse is emerging as a viable alternative to our inefficient industrial model, in which raw materials are exploited to produce goods that appease today’s excessive commercialism hunger before being destroyed.  Simple actions like repairing, recycling, refurbishing, and reusing are at the heart of a circular economy.  The goal of all these tactics is to …

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Nehru was the first head of state to travel to Cambodia after it gained independence.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, had a close friendship with King Norodom Sihanouk. According to Sihanouk, Nehru was his greatest friend and he considered Nehru as his political mentor. In reality, Nehru was the first head of state to travel to the Cambodia after it gained independence. A 2000-year-old cultural exchange exists between …

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IBIS Rice: Cambodia’s 100% organic and sustainable Rice

IBIS Rice initiative improves farm life while protecting wildlife throughout the Kingdom. The non-profit IBIS Rice Project was started to link livelihoods with wildlife conservation in rural Cambodia and is run in conjunction with the Wildlife Conservation Society Cambodia (WCS Cambodia) and the Ministry of Environment, Cambodia. The project encourages farmers in protected rural areas …

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Eco-Soap Bank: The Organization That Uses Waste Soap to Save Lives

Soap is fun; it feels nice and slippery, we can blow bubbles with it and it often smells lovely. “Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.” That is what the medical professionals have recommended us all to do in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. This is sensible …

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