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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