Dead Cambodian Man Shows up at His Own Funeral

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Dead Cambodian Man Shows up at His Own Funeral

Postby General Mackevili » Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:13 pm

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‘Dead’ man’s presence at funeral scares villagers

In the dim light of Sunday evening, 32-year-old Kong Channeang approached his family. Startled at his unexpected presence, they ran away in abject terror.

The reaction was more than understandable. Channeang had, after all, turned up at his own funeral.

Suffering from an unidentified mental illness, he had gone missing five days earlier from his home in Svay Rieng province’s Romdoul district.

On Sunday, a decomposing and bloated body was spotted by villagers in a nearby river. His family, satisfied the corpse was likely their son, proceeded to hold a funeral for him.

They were preparing the body for cremation when Channeang turned up.

“All of us were scared and ran away immediately. We thought that we were being haunted, since it was a little bit dark at 6:30pm when he showed up at the funeral,” Orn Song, the chief of Svay Chek commune, said.

Kong Vanny, Channeang’s 63-year-old father, told the Post yesterday that while everyone was running away, his son had shouted for him to return.

“When I heard him call me, I just went to him and grabbed his hand. I realised that he was not a ghost and I told the villagers and authorities to return to the funeral and to not be afraid of him because he was actually alive.”

The unidentified body was handed over to authorities, who buried it at a local pagoda.

According to Vanny, three members of his immediate family suffer from a hereditary mental illness that Cambodians call sabour.

Before Channeang “went crazy” a few years ago, he was an industrious builder, he said, but now, he becomes aggressive and leaves the house for long periods of time.

“His condition is like a spirit comes and controls his body. Sometimes he is normal, and sometimes he is not normal and he has problems with other people. Sometimes, I shackle his legs in order to stop him from attacking anyone in the village.”

When Channeang ran away on May 27 his legs had been chained but he managed to set himself free. Chaining relatives suffering from mental illness remains a common practice in the Kingdom, despite being decried by rights groups.

“The condition affecting my wife and sons usually occurs on days where there is a full moon and on the last day of the month. Apart from these days, they are normal and can work,” Vanny said.

“I have never taken them to the psychologist.”

Dr Chhim Sotheara, executive director of the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization, said that it is common in Cambodia for people to explain mental illnesses in spiritual or superstitious terms.

“Mental health is pretty new in the Cambodian context. Psychiatry in particular is really new. In general, Cambodian people have their own explanatory model to explain behaviours or [mental states] or attitudes of people,” Sotheara said.

“The explanation is based on cultural beliefs, religious beliefs and maybe based on experiences from their parents’ generation. It’s very common that Cambodians explain this kind of psychological reaction as a kind of spirit possession . . . or what we call sabour, a kind of craziness running in the family.

“But if we look at an explanation based on Western psychiatry, we can see clearly that these people meet criteria for mental disorders [such as] schizophrenia [or] psychosis.”

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Re: Dead Man Shows up at His Own Funeral

Postby Jaap N. » Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:20 pm

Crazy story, just finished reading it in The Phnom Penh Post, thought about posting it....
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Postby General Mackevili » Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:28 pm

Yeah, looks like it's their headline today, LoL. Pretty weird story!
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Re: Dead Cambodian Man Shows up at His Own Funeral

Postby taabarang » Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:43 pm

I've not idea of the nature of the disease. "sabour" means hereditary when referring to diseases. It is not a disease per se.
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Re: Dead Cambodian Man Shows up at His Own Funeral

Postby Garry.Crabtree » Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:50 pm

taabarang wrote:I've not idea of the nature of the disease. "sabour" means hereditary when referring to diseases. It is not a disease per se.
The “Sabour” disease symptoms are intense weight loss and a rather pale complexion. Just like the poor guy in the photo.
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Re: Dead Cambodian Man Shows up at His Own Funeral

Postby vladimir » Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:03 pm

They probably got such a fright because he crypt up on them.
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Re: Dead Cambodian Man Shows up at His Own Funeral

Postby Milord » Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:06 pm

Vlad, I read that ... Actually said, "Oh fuck", out loud. lol
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Re: Dead Cambodian Man Shows up at His Own Funeral

Postby Singularian » Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:40 pm

I'd like to turn up to my own funeral. Would be cool.

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Re: Dead Cambodian Man Shows up at His Own Funeral

Postby General Mackevili » Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:01 pm

Singularian wrote:I'd like to turn up to my own funeral. .
Everyone does. They're usually dead though.
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Re: Dead Cambodian Man Shows up at His Own Funeral

Postby Rain Dog » Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:30 pm

Odd ---- did they present him the bill for the funeral? Or did the family get a refund?
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