Sacred oxen predict bountiful rice at Royal Ploughing Ceremony

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Sacred oxen predict bountiful rice at Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon May 15, 2017 1:44 am

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- Sacred oxen have predicted a good crop of rice, corn and beans this year. The forecast was made after the Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Prey Veng province on Friday.
The ancient rite, which marks the beginning of the rice growing season, has Hindu origins and is used to predict whether the next growing season will be bountiful.

King Norodom Sihamoni presided over the ceremony alongside government officers including Senate president Say Chum, National Assembly President Heng Samrin and Interior Minister Sar Kheng.

The royal oxen were offered a choice of seven plates of food, and mainly ate rice, corn and beans. They rejected the plates of fresh grass, sesame, water and wine.

Kong Ken, Brahman chief at the Royal Palace, announced the prediction after observing which foods the oxen favoured.

“There will be good yields of rice, corn and beans this year,” Mr. Ken said. “I believe this because it is our Khmer tradition.”
Hean Vanhan, undersecretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, said the Khmer tradition sometimes proved true, but not always...
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Re: Sacred oxen predict bountiful rice at Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Post by epidemiks » Mon May 15, 2017 11:44 am

Do they ever take the wine?
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Re: Sacred oxen predict bountiful rice at Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Post by hanno » Mon May 15, 2017 11:59 am

epidemiks wrote:
Mon May 15, 2017 11:44 am
Do they ever take the wine?
It is probably vinegar to make sure they go nowhere near it.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon May 15, 2017 4:03 pm

If the oxen take the wine, according to Cambodian beliefs this predicts an increase in crime:
The royal augurs read from outcome of the harvest from what the bulls eat. The bovines interest in the grains signal good yields for these plants. If the bulls drink wine it indicates an increase in crime, drinking water points to flooding, and the ingestion of the grass is seen as a prediction of widespread animal diseases.
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