Royal Ploughing Ceremony

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Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Post by frank lee bent » Mon May 23, 2016 5:33 pm

Yes, it is time for a holiday.
an ancient royal rite held in many Asian countries to mark the traditional beginning of the rice growing season.
PHNOM PENH, (Khmer Times) – The Royal Ploughing Ceremony,or Preah Reach Pithi Chrot Preah Neangkol, is one of the most important of Cambodia’s royal ceremonies. Every year Cambodians, especially those who work the land, wait for this day in May that the astrologers/astronomers have calculated according to the lunar phases. The Royal Ploughing Ceremony predicts the harvest of the seeds that they will soon sow.

It is a national (bank) holiday in the Kingdom, and its historical origins lie in the fifth or sixth century.

The ceremony itself is not restricted to Cambodia but it also celebrated in Thailand. It marks the beginning of the rice growing season, when the rains start to abate.

According to tradition the King, or a chosen representative, will till a plot of land with a plough pulled by two bulls. As the King is the first person to prepare a field, it the ceremony is a motivator for all others to start working their land.

After three rounds with the plough, the beasts of burden are allowed to fodder. They have rice, corn, green beans, sesame seeds, fresh-cut grass, water and rice whisky to choose from.

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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Re: Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Post by Luigi » Mon May 23, 2016 6:33 pm

That is some interesting bit of folk lore.
And I thought my Caribe wife had some fantastical beliefs in the extra/supra/paranormal life forces.
WOW!
I doubt King Sihamoni is ploughing much of anything.
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Re: Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Post by frank lee bent » Mon May 23, 2016 7:20 pm

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Come on, it is only criticism of the supreme allied commander lord prime minister and the peoples democratic cambodian people's party that will get you into trouble
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Tue May 24, 2016 11:27 am

Cambodia takes solace from plough ceremony amid worst drought in 50 yrs
By Prak Chan Thul

PHNOM PENH May 24 (Reuters) - As the worst drought in half a century delays rice planting in Cambodia, a pair of oxen on Tuesday delved into rice, corn and bean bowls at an annual ploughing ceremony in an omen for good harvests for those crops in the year ahead.

Annual rains have come late to Cambodia, exacerbating the drought and forcing farmers to wait before planting this year's crop of rice.

Exports of Asia's staple are expected to fall well short of the 530,000 tonnes shipped in 2015, further exacerbating a tightening rice market as drought has also hit top rice exporters India and Thailand.

Watched by Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni, and a crowd of thousands in the ceremonial furrow in Siem Reap province, the two cows ate 90 percent of three out of seven snacks on offer in ornate bowls.

Each year, based on the oxen's choice of crops and the amount the animals eat, the Royal Palace astrologers forecast coming harvests and pray for regular rainfall.

"The harvest of rice will be good," Brahmin priest Korng Ken, dressed in traditional white robes, announced over loud speakers at the ceremony.

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Post by Anchor Moy » Wed May 25, 2016 4:40 pm

Good harvests for rice, corn and beans are again predicted for the coming year according to the Royal Astrologer’s interpretation of the royal oxen’s eating habits yesterday on the occasion of the annual Ploughing Ceremony.

Under the auspices of King Norodom Sihamoni at the Elephant Terrace in Siem Reap’s Angkor Archaeological Park, a pair of brown oxen were given the options of eating from golden chalices of rice, corn, beans, sesame, water, grass and rice wine.

The bovines’ decision to eat “95 per cent of the beans, 90 per cent of the corn and 90 per cent of rice demonstrates that agricultural production will be better” this year, Royal Astrologer Kang Ken declared.

“However, it is just a prediction,” he continued, adding that farmers should pay attention to their agricultural practices.

A similar prediction was made last year
. However, the Ministry of Agriculture’s 2015-2016 annual report released in April indicates that crop yields fell from the year prior...
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/r ... rvest-rice
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu May 03, 2018 5:23 pm

Cambodia to Celebrate Royal Ploughing Ceremony
03/05/18 16:37
Svay Rieng (FN), April 2 - The Royal Ploughing ceremony, or Pithi Chrat Preah Neang Korl in Khmer, will be held on May 3, 2018, in Svay Rieng Province under the highest patronage of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, expecting 20,000 visitors.

The Ceremony will be attended by Cambodian Senate President Say Chhum, President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin, Cambodian Prime Minister HE and Prime Minister HE’s wife, Bun Rany as well as other senior government officials.

Traditionally, Pithi Chrat Pheah Neang Korl marks the beginning of the rainy season in Cambodia.

The Ceremony is held to predict the weather, epidemics and farming conditions. By observing what seeds the royal oxen chose, Cambodians believe they can predict a range of events including types of prospered agricultural harvests, epidemics, or frequents of rain.
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Re: Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Post by finbar » Thu May 03, 2018 5:39 pm

Annual rains have come late to Cambodia
Really? We've had a couple of night-time downpours in the last week, and it's only just May. It's usually June before it really starts I think.
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Re: Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Post by finbar » Thu May 03, 2018 5:40 pm

Uh, quote from 2016....

What did they go for this year?
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