Showing posts from February, 2009
Yesterday, we played tourist and flew up to Siem Reap to visit Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. During the 10-13th centuries the Khmer Empire extended throughout SE Asia. The temples and sites were amazing and we learned a lot about the Hindu and Budhist religions, particularly during that time. Gladys traced the steps of Angelina Jolie as the tomb raider and had her favorite drink at the Red Piano.
Gladys, Clem and I accompanied Fr. John Barth, MM to an ethnic Vietnamese fishing village, a hour or so south on Phenom Phem for Sunday mass. An American priest, saying the mass in the Khemer language to ethnic Vietnamese...the church is truly universal.As Catholics and ethnic Vietnamese, these folks are often discriminated against. The community here has a priest about once a month. There is a strong influence from this predominately Budhist country: as in the Budhist tempes, the men and women sit on opposite side with the youngest in front and oldest in back...also sitting on the floor is the cultural sign of reverence. Following the mass we had a wonderful meal provided by the villagers.