Khmer Buddhist Nun

Nun Caretaker

A Buddhist nun watching over an idol, making money selling incense in the Angkor Wat temple complex.  While women are not ordained within Buddhism, older women, especially widows, can become nuns. They live in their local wat and many take care of the grounds, or in this case, Angkor Wat.  They shave their heads and eyebrows and generally follow the same precepts as monks.  It is almost like a welfare system, for nuns are almost universally destitute.