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Cambodian Golden Silk


Cambodian raw silk is really beautiful yellow color. When the raw silk gets sunshine, it shines golden so that we could say as the Golden Silk. The formal name of the variety of the silk worm which produces yellow silk thread is a multivoltine cocoon. The most famous area for golden silk is in Phnom Srok, on the hills above the Great Lake or Tonle Sap in NW Cambodia. The golden silk thread is a single, roundish filament, with excellent light reflecting surface that produces the fine luster of the Khmer silk textiles.

Traditional Lao Clothing

Traditional Lao clothing has always been part of Lao culture and way of life. The sinh is a long traditional skirt for women that is usually made of silk and that features a wide and often elaborately woven section at the foot.

In the old days, Lao women tended to wear more traditional clothing, which was made from silk and other cloths. Over the generations traditional clothing is worn abit less. It is common for Laotians to dress in more western clothes such as jeans and t-shirts. Lao teens these days follow western trends, as well as Japanese and Korean fashion trends.

Lao women in traditional sinh is still seen often on the streets of Laos because it is a compulsory uniform for female students.

Khmer New Year

Khmer New Year or Cambodian New Year (say Chol Chnam Thmey in the Khmer language), literally "Enter the New Year", is the name of the Cambodian holiday that celebrates the new year. The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year's Day, most commonly April 13th but sometimes on the 14th in keeping with the lunar calendar. Khmer living in other countries may change the dates so as to celebrate on the weekend. This time of the year is at the end of the harvesting season. The farmers enjoy the fruits of their harvest and relax before the rainy season begins.

Funan Under Colonization of India

Recent claim of Mr. Tetsuo Hoshino that Funan or Nokor Phnom was just a colonized Empire under India was rejected - this claim is not coincided to the historical accounts of historical linguistics and ethnology.However, the claim of Funan being under colonization of India is not logical to the extend of in-dept analysis of the establishment of the first Khmer empire, influenced by India.In fact, the word Funan has no meaning at all in Chinese language - this word was derived from Khmer-Môn language (Phnom/Vnam) which happen to coincidently pronoun in Chinese language.

Golden Land

In the ancient century Indian people has been doing the business with such as Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia. During that time, Indian has used the big ship to make the business with Khmer people along the sea through the international ports in Asia too.To be making sure on Pali texts like the Nidesa and the Malinda Banha and be suspicious with any problems we know that we have the ports such as Kemara Poduke and Tamralipti,ect has been completed with their duty very active.

Angkor Borei

Angkor Borei is the Khmer ancient city which has a sea port name Aur-Keo (alias Oc-Eo) port is block of economic has been built in the fits of B.C.According to the research on archaeology in 1995-1996 show that the ancient place city have been founding by a group of Khmer people since 500 years before B.C.However, according to a new technology show that Angkor Borei has been found and designed the first time.Another result of the research show that the since the first of Khmer history, Khmer is not only doing business with India but Khmer has been relationship to do the business with such as G

The birth of Khmer culture using stone weapons


The ancestors of man lived about 4 million years ago in Africa and were walking on two legs. They began using stone weapons around 2.8 million years ago, the oldest stone tools having been found in Ethiopia. In the Indochinese peninsula which is the birth place of Mon-Khmer ethnics, stone tools were used between 1 million years (Lampang, Thailand) to the Metal Age around 1500-1000 B.C.The length of time is determined by the (K40/Ar40)formula. Through the research, we can date the stone industry in Kampuchea Krom from about 560.000 to 650.000 years. In today’s Cambodia, the stone industry, located in Kratie and Stieng Treng province dates from between 510.000 and 690.000 B.C. These prehistoric testimonies demonstrate the ancientness of the Khmer culture long before the Kingdom of Phnom in the early 1st century, in the period of indianization.

The Oldest Ceramic in Cambodia


From 1966-1968, Mr. and Mrs. Mourer and the students from Faculties of Archeology burrowed Laang Spean, a cave located in Kilometi 38 village, Taktrieng commune, Rattanak Mondul district, Battambang province. Leroi Gourhan’s theories were carried out so that such above excavation could become scientific. More importantly, this above prehistoric site, has a depth of 1.4 meters, and as nine strata.

The carbon remainder of the upper strata in the above prehistoric site was analyzed so that we would know the dates of the following: The ceramics in the first level are 750 A.D; the third level, 2050 A.D; the fourth level, 4290 A.D. It was when Cambodia experienced the war that the late scientific excavation was carried out in 1969. The Hoa Binh Site-like stone industry was found in North Vietnam, and the rhinoceros bones were found amongst the other animal bones; particularly, the 3000 BC ceramic. Thus, it was evident that Cambodian utilized these ceramics 5000 years ago.

The Neolithic of Ceramic in Surin Province


In Kauk Kham Village, Sangkeak District of Surin province having a lot of Khmer tower temple in every occasions and people can not estimate that this Surin province having people live there since the ceramic period. According a research, they have been found two pots made from soil burn, show that Surin Province having a very old culture at least from 3500 years to 4500 years, if we have focus on the ceramics.

The Influence of Indian on Khmer Culture


The arrival of ethnic Chinese in the Indo-China penisula is a new issue. However, Khmer nationals were born on their own indigenous land, which is different from the immigrants.

recorded the limits of indian cultural influence : the physiology of Khmer farmers does not differ from that of the Phnong or Samre populations. The Phnong as well as the Moi in Anam are tribal people. They solve problems with traditional approaches- verbalizing or memorizing. Religiously, they just hold a rough animistic belief that varies from tribe to tribe. Cosmology (philosophy of the world) cannot be recorded in written language.Whereas some Khmer nationals who are uncivilized, are framed by a firm infrastructure.

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