Hinduism in Cambodian culture/ Boramey

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    Hinduism(Brahmanism) got to Cambodia prior to Buddhism. While there is quite a bit to read and talk about Buddhism in Cambodia, there is little or nothing avalable about Hinduism in Cambodia.

    What do you know about Khmer Hinduism?

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    I know that Angkor was built to honor Preah Visnu, one of the three gods in Hinduism.

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    What else in Cambodian culture is relating to Hinduism and Khmer soul, spirit/ boramey?

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    Baromey in Khmer, means brilliant spritual beings. The word refers to powerful beings who still exist, not in physical form, but in spirit only.

    When it is full moon, Khmer say it is full of baromey, or penh baromey!!

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    This thread also discusses Khmer Buddhism as related to boramey, meditation, samathi, yoga, tantra, enlightenment, nirvana, moksha, etc.

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    #361810
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    Oh, the four faces in Bayon temple is Hinduist too. The four faces represent Brahman, one of the three gods in Hinduism.

    What else, people?

    #361821
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    khmer wedding also twai Preah vishnu…

    #361831
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    KmERBoy, you are right. There are quite a bit of steps that Khmers do in a wedding. Those pretty steps such as the chol rong (groom trip in), kat sak(hair grooming), chong dai(good wishe) etc. are not quite buddhistic. They must somehow relate to Hinduism.

    #361842
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    I am not quite clear about how Visnu affects wedding.

    While god Brahman is creator and god Siva is destructor, Visnu is supposed to be a god of maintenance.

    Wedding is a procedure that will create more kids/ people, thus Brahman. How does Visnu comes to play his role? Maintaining population?

    How about Khmer death ceremony? Is it related to Hinduism as well? Is it part of destruction by god Siva? Well, I saw and heard buddhist monk’s chanting in a a Khmer death ceremony. With the chanting, is there anything that is not quite buddhist, thus hinduist by chance?

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    #361851
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    haha…I’m khmer…

    [i]Originally posted by veayoo[/i]
    KmERBoy, you are right. There are quite a bit of steps that Khmers do in a wedding. Those pretty steps such as the chol rong (groom trip in), kat sak(hair grooming), chong dai(good wishe) etc. are not quite buddhistic. They must somehow relate to Hinduism.

    #361862
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    lots of khmer people pray to Therevada, Therevada is a Hindu angel or guardian angel. (every khmers I know pray to Therevada)

    a lots of khmer worship ancestor spirits and that is also part of Hindu

    Hindu and Khmer celebrate new year almost on the same day, khmer celebrate from april 13 to 15, Hindu only celebrate on april 14 & 15. Why? I don’t know.

    Khmer wedding is a reenactent of the first Hindu King marrying a Khmer princess.

    Hindu and khmer buddhism is the almost the same thing.

    when khmer people practice magic they use yantra, tantra, and mantra. Yantra, tantra, mantra came from Hindu. When they do magic tattoo they use image of Hindu Gods.

    Khmer and Hindu wear white to a funeral.

    Hindu do talk about Buddha, they label Gautama Siddharta (the buddha)a supreme being (stronger then all the other gods) and so dose the Khmer. Non-khmer buddhist label Gautama Siddharta just a normal man.

    Khmers still believe in the muti-level of Heaven and Hell, other realm, so dose Hindu

    Angkor Wat measurement equal to the Hindu scared vedic number.

    some of the Khmer language came from sanskrit, sanskrit is the langauge of the Hindu God. Only the highest Hindu priest can speak it.

    In Hindu vedic books(date back 10,000bc) mention about Southeast Asia. Calling it the island of gold. according to the khmer legend, southeast asia use to be a island and according to the chinese eye witness account who the saw the khmer empire when it was inhabited, he say there where Gold everywhere, covering temple and houses. See the connection?

    Khmer Gods and Hindu God are the same Gods but khmer just call them different name. Like Preah eysa (khmer god) is Lord Shiva and Preah Phakkani is Lord Ganesh, Even the japanese Gods are the same as Hindu God but they also call it different name.

    In a way i still think Khmers are Hindu.

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    #361872
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    Hi Angkorwat,

    You bring in very precious input here. Coincidentally, you come very close to a few hot topics that I try to get to ( Hinduism and Buddhism are background intro!). The topics include Khmer legacies such as guardian angels, Khmer ancestor spirits, the yantras and mantras.

    Angkorwat, I wish we talk face to face so that other people would not get confused. Through a community page like this one, readers who do not have enough background could be very confused AND would see white as black. For this kind of readers, I would like to alert that Khmer legacies involving Buddhism, Hinduism and these topics are beyond state-of-the art sciences and technologies. Almost all schools, western or eastern, teach you to not believe in these things, calling them superstition. I do not blame sciences, technologies or schools that are not capable to fully explain heavens, gods, etc. So, hold on to your objection if you have any. Thanks :)

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    ” khmer people pray to Therevada, Therevada is a Hindu angel or guardian angel.

    a lots of khmer worship ancestor spirits and that is also part of Hindu

    Khmer wedding is a reenactent of the first Hindu King marrying a Khmer princess.

    when khmer people practice magic they use yantra and mantra, also part of Hinduism.”

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    #361881
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    Hi Angkor Wat,

    What is a Therevada or guardian angel?

    In English, I personally referred to Paternal Master Guardian Angels as I mean Kru Khang Ov Pouk. I litterally translated the Khmer word trying to explain what has happened to me personally.

    For decades so far, I keep getting wird dreams that actually have proven true again, again… The dreams have shown me important things that WILL happen. All of the things shown in my dreams happened!! I did not care at them at first. The repeated dreams and proofs have convince me that they are not regular dreams. They are directive dreams. Somebody or somebodies come and show me the way.

    Several Khmer masters told me that I have Kru Khang Ov Pouk. One monk actually detailed that the Kru Khang Ov Pouk held on and took care of my grandpa, my dad and then me. If I’ll have a son, he will be hold onto and get the care as well. We are talking about paternal line here. The reasons brought me to the word Paternal Master guardian Angels.

    Now, are we talking about the same guardian angels? Please tell me what you know :)

    #361891
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    reading about your dream give me goose bump, cause sometime my dream would also come true.

    here what i know about Therevada from word of mouth. They are deties from the Heaven, I guess you can call them Guardian angels cause everyone have their own personal Therevada. If you pray to them they well help you but you gotta say their name, if you say “dear god” they well not help you cause you are not talking to them, do you get it?

    The only religion book that I know talk about Therevada is the Hindu books.

    there’s a book call Asiatic Mythology that talk about Khmer therevada.
    Quote from the book…
    “In Cambodia The tevodas are no longer divinitie, but the blessed who reap In Indra paradise(heaven) the reward of the merit previously acquired in their last existences. Certain of these tevodas do not live in paradise, but in the forest they keep watch on mankind, noting sin and good action…”
    …tevodas guardian of the world or lukabal(loka-pala), who watch over earth and inhabitants.”

    If you wanna read more about from that book i can give you the link.

    [i]Originally posted by veayoo[/i]
    Hi Angkor Wat,

    What is a Therevada or guardian angel?

    In English, I personally referred to Paternal Master Guardian Angels as I mean Kru Khang Ov Pouk. I litterally translated the Khmer word trying to explain what has happened to me personally.

    Now, are we talking about the same guardian angels? Please tell me what you know :)

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