HUNDREDS of devout Cambodians have flocked to see five unusually shaped
termite nests that look like seated figures of Buddha, witnesses said
The iconic insect homes appeared on the cement floor of
56-year-old Kuong Keo Ry's house near Phnom Penh, shortly before a
traditional death festival held in October when she was mourning her
"I am happy that my house has been chosen. After other
people and I pay respect to the Buddha-shaped termite nests, we all
feel content and happy," the widow told AFP by telephone.
she first became curious about the nests in October because she would
sweep them away every day - but that the wood-munching bugs would
rebuild them overnight.
Over the past month around 50 to 60 people had come to her house every day to view the nest Buddhas, Kuong Keo Ry said.
A journalist who went to see the termite Buddhas told AFP that he was "thrilled" by them and that they looked very realistic.
"This is like a big miracle to me," said Sok Samnang, who hosts a Cambodian television show.
night after we put jasmine ornaments around the five Buddha shapes,
they grew and became higher. Right now each of the Buddhas is
approximately 50 centimetres (19 inches) tall and looks exactly like a
seated Buddha," he said.
Cambodian Buddhist scholars have said that the Buddha shapes represent apparitions of deities.
never seen anything like this before in my life. This is absolutely
amazing," said devout Buddhist San Son, 60, who visits the nests
regularly to pray.
"I believe the termites are trying to bring us a message from God."
still permeates all aspects of traditional Cambodian culture, despite
attempts to eradicate it by the former Khmer Rouge regime during the