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History day

We spent the better part of the day in teh Angkor Museum, learning about all the stuff we had just seen. I especially liked the stories they told to kids, such as this one:

Garuda's father (Garuda is an immortal bird man) had two wives, one was bad and the other one was good. The bad wife told the good wife to ask their husband which wife he thought was the most beautiful. Whoever lost the wager would have to do everything the more beautiful wife wanted. She would be a slave forever. The good wife was reluctant but took the bet anyway, hoping she coudl gain some power in this lopsided relationship.

The husband god of course, said the bad wife was more beautiful, because he was afraid of the repercussions from the bad wife, if he said she was ugly. So, even though he believed the young wife was prettier, he said that the bad wife was in fact, the most beautiful wife. So, the good wife was imprisoned as the bad wife's first order, and her son, Garuda, had to go rescue her. The end. What a bullshit story.

We looked at a lot of statues that were taken from the temples at Angkor and watched a lot of videos about ancient history in Cambodia. It was a lot to take in and our brains were soon full.

We tried to buy tickets to the circus and it was a little complicated, so we gave up. Instead, we stopped at a random place for spring rolls and amok. At night we went to the night market to buy some touristy stuff for Jo's friends.

At the museum

At the museum

Posted by baixing 17:00 Archived in Cambodia

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