Missionary Mike Valdez, Cambodia

Mike did not request prayer but we should pray for the Christians in Cambodia as a legal Cambodian holiday takes place on September 26-28, closing down most businesses and making it difficult for Christians to avoid this time of Pchum Beun which means Festival of the Dead. During these three days (Monday-Wednesday) Cambodians believe that the spirits of the dead come back to visit the living so the living are expected to visit one of 7 specific Buddhist temples to offer food, drinks and fruit where it is believed these spirits will be looking for their offerings. If the living fail to leave the offerings or if they cannot find the offerings these spirits will be very upset and either begin to hurt themselves or cause spells of misfortune and bad luck to fall upon their “irresponsible or negligent” living relatives. This fear is so deeply ingrained in Cambodian culture that even born-again believers are pressured into taking part in this tradition.

Published in: on September 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

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