Bhuddism is alive and well in Cambodia, and it has existed for several thousands of years through various empires kingdoms. Then, in the mid-1970’s, when the Khemer Rouge came to power, Bhuddism was made illegal and followers either fled, went into hiding, or were executed. As a result, overall numbers of monks went from (roughly) 70,000 to a mere 3,000.
So, while we were exploring Angkor Wat, Alisha and I were passed by a group of teenage monks, exploring the temples just like we were. It was nice to see so many young monks around the area, as their religious history is almost starting anew, and these kids are a big part of it.
October 2010. (5888)