Rumors are a major preoccupation in Cambodia, and are usually spread in the context of giving necessary advice to friends. During my three years doing fieldwork in Cambodia, the best ones I witnessed were the following:
- Don’t buy off-brand cooking oil in the markets, because the crematorium at a local temple was rendering human bodies into fat and selling it in the markets (instead of rendered pig fat).
- Don’t eat seafood (this was right after the tsunami), because many of the fish have been eating the corpses of those killed by the tsunami.
Over the last few days, a new rumor has been spreading among garment factory workers in Phnom Penh:
- Stay away from nightshift work, since powerful men are abducting workers during nightshifts and harvesting their organs (specifically corneas and kidneys) for sale to international clients. Continue reading