Ethnography Project: Cambodian Culture
“A person without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey. What do you think of when you hear the word Cambodia? Do you think of the dirty water? The cows? The hard working rice pickers? The poverty? What does being Cambodian mean to you? To me, it means a lot. If I never knew that I am Cambodian, things would be a whole lot different. There’s a certain way in which we speak, believe, dress, and celebrate traditional events. With me explaining a little bit on those certain topics will make you realize how much of an impact it is upon me and other Cambodians.
Greetings between Cambodians are dependent on the relationship/age between the people. The traditional greeting is a bow combined with a bringing of the hands together at chest level (similar to bringing hands together for prayer). If one intends to show greater respect, the bow is lower and the hands brought higher. With foreigners, Cambodians have adopted the western practice of shaking hands. Women may still use the traditional Cambodian greeting. The simple rule is to respond with the greeting you are given. “Jomreapsua” mean’s hello in Cambodian and is used often with a smile.
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There are two different forms of clothing in which a Cambodian person wears. There are traditional clothing and casual clothing. Casual clothing consists of regular clothes like a t-shirt, jeans, shorts, dresses, blouses, shoes and sandals. Clothing in Cambodia is one of the most important aspects of the culture. Cambodian fashion is divided by the people's differing castes and social classes. Cambodians traditionally wear a checkered scarf called a "Krama". Traditional clothing is a bit more elegant and expensive. Depending on your occasion, traditional clothing may vary. Women wear sampot. There are many variations for the sampot, each is washed according to...
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