Ban on Burials on Svay Mountain, Banteay Meanchey

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Ban on Burials on Svay Mountain, Banteay Meanchey

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August 17, 2018
Banteay Meanchey bans hillside tombs
Banteay Meanchey provincial authorities are imposing a ban on the construction of new tombs and stupas on Svay Mountain following complaints from local residents that it disrupts the flow of tourists and their day-to-day activities.

Provincial Deputy Governor Ly Sary said yesterday that a working group composed of various provincial departments and law enforcement officers will conduct a survey of current tombs and stupas and prevent the building of new ones.

“We had a meeting and we agreed that based on the facts, tombs and stupas that have been built can remain,” Mr Sary said. “Land on the foot of the mountain is state property and we need to keep it intact for tourists and so residents can exercise.”

Mr Sary said that authorities will look into exactly who decided to sell or encroach upon land belonging to the government.

“We also want to prevent illegal land-grabbing and we will promote our decision and disseminate the information through the media,” he added. “We don’t want to see Svay Mountain disappearing from the map and becoming a designated burial site.”

The foot of the mountain is a popular burial site for many Cambodians. Families tend to prefer to keep their deceased loved ones on the mountain because they believe that the ritual provides good luck and fortune.
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50523813/b ... ide-tombs/
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Re: Ban on Burials on Svay Mountain, Banteay Meanchey

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Woman Dreams a Temple; Many Come to Pray
October 15, 2017
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Banteay Meanchey: Many people come to pray for happiness and good luck at the statues at the foot of Svay Mountain, located at the north of Koran village, Sangkat Kampong Svay, Banteay Meanchey.
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According to the woman who built the temple, one night when she fell asleep, she had a dream which asked her to build a monastery in the north of the mountain. She is a businesswoman, so she discussed it with her husband, and they bought land and built a monument and a large Buddha statue and many other statues.
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She has been building for the past few years and has observed that many people come to light candles and incense, and to pray for happiness and prosperity, and for the past two years many students come to pray to pass the Baccalaureate and their entrance examinations.
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The enterprising woman said that after she and her husband and their family built the temple, they found that there was a good business in selling food and drink, and also selling incense and offerings for the people who come to pray.
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According to people who live at the foot of the mountain, in a time of sadness or misfortune, they go to pray there, because just buying some incense or one banana to make an offering brings them peace of mind and happiness.
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