• Royal Plowing Ceremony
  • Bonn Chroat Preah Nongkoal
  • Pithi Chrat Preah Neanng Korl
  • Palgen-Maissoneuve, Mimi, 1918-1995 (Photographer)
Date Created
1942 to 1962
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    • This ceremony usually takes place at the end of the dry season in early May when Khmer farmers begin preparing their fields for new crops. The field beside the Royal Palace is plowed by specially chosen oxen, who are then led to trays containing various grains, grasses, and water. Based on what the oxen choose to eat, farmers make predictions about the upcoming harvest and agricultural season. The King himself often attends this ceremony, which has been observed for many centuries.
    • Source for information about the object depicted in the image: Fillieux, Claude. Merveilleux Cambodge. Paris: Societe Continentale d'Editions Modernes Illustrees, 1962. Ceremonies des Douze Mois: Fetes Annuelles Cambodgiennes. Phnom Penh: Cambodge Commission des Moeurs et Coutumes, 1950.
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    Preliminary Inventory of the Center for Asian Research Records (1966-2006). MimiJac Palgen Memorial Collection (1995). 2007-04146. University Archives. ASU Library, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.…

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