In the Land of the Monkey Warrior and the Mermaid PrIncess

50 photographs on the life of Cambodian people, from rural fishermen villages to the city of Phnom Penh.

Throught the trail from the city of Phnom Penh to the cost of the Tahiland Sea, then up to the mountains populated by the Bunong minority, we encounter the beauty, rawness and simplicity of the Cambodian life style.

In the Reamker, issues of trust, loyalty, love, and revenge play out in dramatic encounters among princes and giants, monkeys and mermaids, and a forlorn princess.

Though it is understood that Preah Ream is an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, his characteristics and those of the others in the story are interpreted in Cambodia as those of mere mortals, not of the gods as is the case in India.

The complex interplay of strengths and weaknesses, though couched in episodes lined with magic, nonetheless represents a decidedly human social behavior.

 

 

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