To see a Cambodian actually reading Buddhist scriptures is very, very rare. I saw this man in the back of Wat Phnom reading a book published by the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh and snapped a shot of him. Very few Cambodians actually have read Buddhist scriptures, so most of what they know is based on what they have heard from their parents, grandparents or monks at the Wat. In actuality, their Buddhism is more of a folk Buddhism, in that it is mixed with many different beliefs (Buddha did not believe in spirits or in a god or gods), and really based in fear. It is fear of the spirit’s cursing that drives the Cambodian to the Wat to offer prayers and incense, not love. They are in bondage as a way of life.
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