Sunday, 16 December 2007

Karmic Release

All sorts of business is flourishing on the banks of the Tonlé Sap River in front of the Royal Palace. You can buy grilled spiders or cockroaches - water lilies, coconuts or incense to make your prayers more efficient... Another little industry flowing from the belief in karma is that people capture birds, imprison them in tiny cages and offer to release them on payment by passers by.


Having spent such a beautiful day, I thought it was about time to pay my respect and release some birds. I don't exactly know how this karma-thing works, and the little bird lady wasn't able to tell me either... So I made a wish, just in case. I also found out that I was wasting my money. After stretching their wings for a bit, the birds return to the cage for a meal and a nap.

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