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Lkhon Khol Wat Svay Andet. ©UNESCO 2017
Lkhon Khol Wat Svay Andet

Language: English

Lkhon Khol Wat Svay Andet is performed in one community surrounding a Buddhist monastery, Wat Svay Andet, by men wearing masks, to the accompaniment of music and melodious recitation. The aim is to propitiate the Neak Ta (a guardian spirit of the place and its people), thereby protecting and bringing prosperity to the community. After generations of transmission, however, several factors now threaten the viability of the element, notably the after-effects of the war and the Khmer Rouge regime, environmental factors, economic migration and a lack of resources.

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Place/region: Cambodia, Asia and the Pacific
Series: 2018 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary
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Sponsor: Cambodia. Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMAS reference: HQFS-CLT-2018-USL-0137400003
Source ref.: DOC:0137400003;CAND:01374
Rights holder: Cambodia. Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts

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