The article of K T So is typical of the Cambodian feeling of
belonging to an innocent and unique nation which has been a victim of
The vigorous Chenla state annexed Funan, invaded and partly
colonised the Kingdom of Dvaravat in the Chao Praya basin, and practically
destroyed the Champa [people].
Later dynastic disputes, not disunity
among the people, made the Khmer empire shrink to its actual size - Mons and
Chams were less lucky.
Khmer language belongs to a linguistic family
which includes others such as Mon, Wa, Palaung, Munda and Khassi in Burma and
These facts suggest some migrations a long time ago. Historians
are not sure in which directions.
The ancient Khmer Viharus have
similarity with old Indian temples, which is not surprising.
with the past exists in many countries, but not to the point at showing in the
national flag. Imagine the Iranian flag with Persepolis or the Egyptian one with
Dreaming of a supposed golden age (maybe for a few years) is
a very common attitude all over the world. It is a comfortable alternative to
facing the present reality.
It is more difficult to do something about
the future, working more and talking less.
But as Voltaire wrote: "This
was good talking, let's go and cultivate our garden.
C Rabour, Phnom Penh