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Eveline Porée-Maspero – On Pchum Ben Cakes

More on Pchum Ben from French-Language sources, for all to enjoy. French starts below the jump. As usual, my intention here is to make difficult-to-obtain but crucial sources for scholarship on this issue available. No copyright infringement is intended, and I will remove this post on notification from the legitimate copyright holder that they request I do so.

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Auguste Barth & Abel Bergaigne, Sanskrit Incriptions

A 10th-century inscription with potential relevance to Pchum Ben, brought to my attention by លោក​គ្រូ David Chandler.

Barth, Auguste. Bergaigne, Abel. Eds. Inscriptions sanscrites du Cambodge et de Campa. Paris: Imprimerie nationale. 1885-1893. VOl. 2, p. 414.

From inscription on the steles of the “East Baray,” built around 900 CE by King Yasovarman, to the east of Angkor. The East Mebon, built by King Rajendravarman in 953, rises out of its center. French starts after the jump: Continue reading

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Eveline Porée-Maspero on Pchum Ben

More French-language sources on Pchum Ben, the “Hungry Ghost Festival,” following on yesterday’s short piece from Marcel Zago on the related festival in Laos. Enjoy after the jump.

Taken from Porée-Maspero, E. (1950). Cérémonies des douze mois. Fetes annuelles Cambodgiennes. Phnom Penh, Institut Bouddhique. pp. 47-58. Continue reading

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Marcel Zago, on Boun Ho Khao Padap Din and Boun Khao Salak

I received a nice email from Patrice Ladwig in Bristol today; we’d met at the IABS where we shared space on an excellent panel concerning death practices in Buddhist Southeast Asia. He concentrated on two ceremonies in Laos that closely resemble the Cambodian Pchum Ben, and of which I was almost completely ignorant. He also sent me a few pages from Macel Zago’s  Rites et Ceremonies en Milieu Bouddhistes Lao. Pp. 315-318. Since this work is difficult to find, I’ve posted it here for those who are interested. (sorry, it’s in French). Find it after the break. Continue reading

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