Children normally stay at the orphanage until the age of eighteen when they must leave. The exception is if they continue to university, then they can stay until their program is finished. This orphanage gets no funding through NGO’s – it is all private funding, typically provided by individuals.
There are lots or rules for apsara dancing. Originally it was a female only dance form, but since the girls must take small steps, not show teeth when they smile and not move about violently, boys were admitted to do the famous Monkey dance. BELOW: This group of dancers was from the Italian Association for Aid for Children, School of Art in Siem Riep. The little fellow on your left was a cheeky little beggar, absolutely radiating charisma as well as technical talent. He’ll go far.
Photos: R. Marion
Video: R. Marion & K. Marion
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Before we leave Cambodia and cross over into Viet Nam, here are the five levels of polite greeting in Cambodia:
Level one is for friends or your equals: palms pressed together at heart height and bow. It is not nice to just incline your head or stand straight.
Level two is for addressing a superior say at work, or a government official: palms pressed together, fingertips level with lower lip. Again a proper bow.
Level three is for your parents: palms together, fingertips at nose height. A deeper bow.
Level four is to address a Buddhist priest or nun: palms pressed together, fingertips touching forehead. A deep bow.
Level five is to show respect to the Buddha: sweep hands down and bring them up palms together from under your heart (the respect comes from the bottom of your heart), hands continue moving straight up, palms still together, to above your head. The deepest bow.