Indigenous Music of Cambodia #1 |​|​| Kreung Community - Sacrifice ceremony

by Les Cartes Postales Sonores

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The animist religion is the belief in spirits which animates humans and also every single element or object like earth, water, plants, wind, stones, etc.
11 am in the morning, in the village of Tong Vong Las, O Chum district, Ratanakiri province, the Kreung community, one of the ethnic minorities living in this area, is having a ritual in one of their plantation fields.
The day before the ceremony, one of the member of the community dreamt that a spirit predicted a mediocre harvest on this particular land. In their traditions, they have to sacrifise a cow and eat it, with the belief that the spirit will come to feast with them, feel appeased and remove the curse on the future harvest afterward.
During this ritual, 5 gongs are playing 3 songs . People start the ceremony by drinking rice wine while the gongs are playing a song dedicated to this particular moment. The 2nd one is called Tarum, which means sacrifice is played while the beast is killed and putted into the fire. After the feast, the first song is played again, symolising an invitation for having some more rice wine.


released August 30, 2015

Recorded by Julien Hairon in June 2015, Tong Vong Las, Cambodia.

Many thanks to Oum Rotanak Odoum, Bao Vutha and the Kreung Community.

Footage of the sacrifice:




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