Holy Rollers

A visit to the Royal Palace in Cambodia highlight the affluence of temples and palaces built with the donations of the poor.  A disparity between thos who lead and those who follow has grown, continues to grow and has roots in the power imbalances of generations.

The stupa that houses the body of a deceased king rises above the tiled courtyard at a scale that will make most field-marking burial sites appear insignificant.  Yet thoise field graves mark place and territory in ways that protect from intrusion by neighbours and governments.

Along the river the Palace of the King and the eroding castles of the kingdom leave a memory of imbalance.  Yet there is no one living in the palace.  On the banks of the river people greet us with smiles, laughter and from their tables offer us food.  They are grateful.

 

 

 

 

 

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