The War Between Rama and The Giant King Had Started
Rama commanded his force to the four large gateways of the city. Nul went to the eastern gate, Angkot went to western gate, Hanuman went to southern gate and he went to the northern gate. Asorak Ravanak’s spy was among the monkey armies, informed the news to the giant king. The war between giant and monkey armies started from day time until night. Endra Jit manifested his supreme magical power which could not be seen caused Rama, Preah Leak, Nul, Hanuman and also Chompu Pean wounded. Endra Jit’s success made Asorak Ravanak very happy and took Seda into his vehicle, flew to the sky to express Rama’s defeat. Continue reading
The Journey of Seeking for Seda
On the way back to his cottage, Rama met Preah Leak. He blamed Preah Leak about leaving Seda alone. When they arrived their cottage, Seda wasn’t there. They tried to find from place to place but still didn’t see her. First, Rama thought that she was eaten by giant in order to revenge as he killed Khora. However, he still kept looking for Seda. He left the cottage with his brother and continued to find his wife until he found ChataYu’s corpse, the broken parts of weapons cart, and earthquake mark. From these marks, Rama knew that there was just a fighting and ChataYu died because of trying to help his wife. And Seda must be brought to hide by the giant. Expressed his respect and gratitude to vulture king ChataYu, Rama decided to prepare funeral ceremony for him. Continue reading
Lives of Rama, Seda, and Preah Leak in The Forest
Arrived Kong Kea river, Kuha, King of Nisath Empire welcome them by himself with foods. Seda offered food to the sacred Kong Kea river, praying for happiness and promised to come back in 14 years later. After Seda’s praying, they decided to continue their journey, allowing charioteer named Somontra and the King to go back.
The Early Life of Rama
This story started talking about a kind king named Tusaroth, who reigned in Kaosal Empire, Ayudhaya city (Peaceful city in Khmer meaning). King Tusaroth had three wives but he didn’t have any child. He started to worry that he has no successor after he died, so he decided to consult with Brahman Veasesta. After he discussed with Brahman, he and his three wives decided to perform a large praying ceremony with many good deeds.
In my last time visited the Silver Pagoda, Royal Palace, beside the breathtaking views of the Silver Pagoda, I was impressed with some visitors’ photographing style. It seems the scenery there are so interested for them, and they might feel so fantastic of taking photos. In the modern lifestyle, each visitors would have a camera in hand, so that they can take any photo of their own style.
Lotus is a sacred flower which Cambodian chose to used for praying to God since ancient time for both Buddhism and Hinduism. Lotus symbolizes the purity and harmony of mind and spirit. People praying with lotus flower comparing to their honest prayers and pure belief in God.
In Cambodia, on every holy days of Buddhism, people would have lotus flowers to pray for Buddha God in the shrines, pagodas, and even in their own houses. Lotus for praying are lotus buds (not yet blossom). Cambodians have a special way to fold the petals of lotus buds to reveal the inner part of flower. Make it look artful and beautiful.
Cambodia has countless lotus ponds all over the country. It’s a unique beauty of Cambodia countryside views. People would be filled with delight to see the large lotus ponds with the earth smell of countryside. Cambodia has several kinds of lotus with pink, slightly pink, and white color. In most pagodas in the countryside, there is at least a pond of lotus growing. People in the city also like to have lotus growing in a large pot or vase for decoration.
In the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, we would find a white lotus growing around the statue of His Majesty Norodom.
Rumdul Flower (ផ្ការំដួល)
Rumdul or Romdul is the Khmer name for Mitrella Mesnyi. Rumdul with its three-petaled yellowish-white flower has been selected to be the national flower of Cambodia.
Rumdul flower has a very attractive scent, especially in the late evening after the sunset. Rumdul is popularly planted in Cambodia home gardens and also in public parks. It’s a big tree with the highest one is about 12m. The leaves grow so thick and great green, flowers are blossomed hidden behind the leaves. We hardly see many flowers without move aside its leaves. Only its special fragment smell that attracted people from far away.
Rumdul has become a part of Khmer literature, since Khmer authors have written their novels, poems, and songs related to Rumdul flower in the meaning compare to Khmer ladies. You might find some Khmer oldies song on youtube about Rumdul, some of them are: Rumdul Longvek, Rumdul Kratie, Rumdul Steung Songker, etc.
Cambodia people like to take the name of flowers for their daughters. Rumdul is among very popular names for Khmer girls.
Visiting the Royal Palace, after the ticket checking point, behind the bowing angels are Rumdul trees. The trees are about 2m high, since it’s still young. And you might not find its flower yet. Inside the garden of the Throne Hall and the Silver Pagoda, there are large Rumdul trees, and the flowers can be seen.
Rumdul fruit is edible. Many tiny fruits growing out in clusters with dark-red (the color of grape) when ripen. Rumdul fruit has a sour-sweet taste and has got a big seed inside. The first fruit eaten, you might feel it’s very sweet, but the more you eat, you would feel much of sour taste instead. After eaten, your tongue would turn violet, because of its color.
Since Rumdul are growing widely in the forest, the fruit might be considered as wild fruit. It’s only found selling in Siem Reap or Kampong Thom where close to the forest, and it’s become rare fruit for Phnom Penh people.
Pka Sarika or Pka Keo (ផ្កាសារិការឺផ្កាកែវ)
It’s another kind of white fragrant flowers. Pka Keo also has the special fragment smell only in the late evening. Especially, the evening after rain, the flowers grow on every branch of the tree, turning the tree from green into white color. The wind blows the pleasant smell in a long distance. The flower is less during the hot weather days. Pka Keo tree is a kind of high tree similar to Rumdul too, but the tree trunk would be bigger.
Pka Prolit or Water Lili(ផ្កាប្រលិត)
Pka Prolit is Khmer name for Water Lili. Water Lili is a kind of flower growing in water, similar to Lotus. Some of us get confused Water Lili to Lotus. Water Lili has smaller petals, the inner part also different. Its leaves never grow out of water, but only on the surface of water. Meanwhile, Lotus leaves is bigger, growing up from the water. Water Lili has many different colors: pink, white, yellow, violet, and red.
The Bronze Bowl is used to contain holy water for religious ceremonies. The holy water is normally taken from Kulen Mountain, where the waterfall is very clear and Cambodian regard it as holy water. The holy water will be mixed with jasmine flower and lotus petals. The holy water will be used to sprinkle on people as a form of blessing. Or for cleaning the face, or for bathing the hole body to release any particular bad luck.