Culture In Cambodia
Cambodian culture has a rich and diverse history of the past few centuries, and was greatly influenced by India. Throughout the long history of Cambodia, the main source of inspiration was from religion. Each of the countries in the world has different cultures and how they preserve their culture.
Khmer culture is very hierarchical. The greater the age, the greater the level of respect that should be given to them. Most of the population in Cambodia is still a closed-minded in dealing with culture or status among them. When husband and wife become too old to support themselves, they may invite the youngest families to move and take over the conduct of ...view middle of the document...
Believe it or not, they still believe in the existence of the healer. Most of Cambodia's ethnic minorities still retain the shaman to intercede on their behalf with the spirits. These perform a special ritual and trance-dance with the accompaniment of ritual music. Most of Cambodia’s hill tribes have their own dances, which originated largely as a festive event each day and free time. Most of them have been adapted to theatre for more than 50years ago.
Cambodian Etiquette and Customs
Meeting & Greeting
* Greetings between Cambodians are dependent on the relationship/hierarchy/age between the people.
* The traditional greeting is a bow combined with a bringing of the hands together at chest level (similar to bringing hands together for prayer).
* With foreigners Cambodians have adopted the western practice of shaking hands.
* If one intends to show greater respect the bow is lower and the hands brought higher.
* Table manners are fairly formal.
* If unconfident with the dos and don'ts simply follow what others do.
* When invited to the dining table wait to be told where to sit as you would not want to upset any hierarchical arrangements.
* Do not begin eating until the eldest person starts.
Business Etiquette and Protocol in Cambodia
Meeting and Greeting
* As Cambodia is a...