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Eve Monique Zucker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836115

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836115.001.0001

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Bon Dalien

Bon Dalien

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Forest of Struggle

Eve Monique Zucker

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, the author talks about the O'Thmaa village harvest festival called Bon Dalien. In 2003, the author had the opportunity to observe and participate in three Bon Dalien festivals in Prei Phnom Commune, including one in O'Thmaa. Here she reflects on her experiences and how she was able to gain a degree of understanding of the festival's composition and an appreciation of its variation across villages. In particular, she explains how Bon Dalien challenged a number of assumptions she had made about the effects of the Khmer Rouge civil war on social moral cohesion and order within the village. She also considers the nature of ritual and its persistence through periods of radical social change, along with the extent to which communal relations and institutions have been restored or remain in a state of disintegration in the wake of the war and the Pol Pot regime.

Keywords:   harvest festival, Bon Dalien, civil war, Pol Pot, O'Thmaa, Khmer Rouge, ritual, social change, communal relations, moral cohesion

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