Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pich Bridge deaths blamed on lack of offering to the spirit ceremony?

Offering to the spirit ceremony for Pich Bridge reopening on 08 December

07 Dec 2010
Translated from Khmer by Soch

The Phnom Penh city hall plans to prepare an offering to the spirit ceremony (Krong Pealy) for the reopening of Pich Bridge in the morning of 08 December 2010. The ceremony will be presided by Kep Chuktema, the city governor, and five Buddhist monks will be invited for the occasion. According to city officials, no offering to the spirit ceremony was ever observed before it was put to use, then the tragedy struck and led to many deaths. Due to this superstition, and under the government directive, the city authority has decided to organize this offering to the spirit ceremony in order to officially reopen the bridge on 08 Dec. Pich Bridge measures 101-meter long (~300 feet) by 8.17-meter wide (~27 feet) and it serves as an exit from Koh Pich, whereas Hang Bridge serves as the entrance to Koh Pich.


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