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Towards a Christian Pastoral Approach to Cambodian Culture

We live in a time of Globalization, where we find ourselves rubbing shoulders and working together in one place with all kinds of people belonging to different races and different creeds. We live in a world which now finds itself immersed in deep global conflicts (terrorism, suicide bombings, political retaliations) which many attribute to religious fanaticism. Thus we can only continue to live peacefully if we maintain that respect for each others beliefs. This is the global dimension this article wishes to bring forth.

In our present situation, if many of us expatriates live far from our own native land and we live with people of another culture, understanding their milieu will certainly help us understand the people of that place. And since religion is tied up to a particular language and culture, particularly here in Cambodia, it would be worthwhile to study the different religious influences brought about through the centuries upon Cambodian culture. Hence the social dimension of the article.

The third dimension would be a practical one. Understanding the differences between religions, we could focus more on the bridges that unite rather than the walls that separate us. In this way we realize that being different does not lessen our humanity but rather enriches it.

The article will present a historical overview of the religious history of Cambodia. The literary survey used in this article will then attempt to list and describe some particular influences of each of these religions (Animism, Brahmanism, Buddhism) to the Cambodian way of living at the present. Then it will try to infer some insights on the observations made focusing on how to build bridges for dialogue between Christians and Khmer Buddhists.

The article searches into the intertwining of Animism, Brahmanism and Buddhism into what is now uniquely Cambodia’s national religion and how this would impact other religions now entering Cambodia specifically Christianity.

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Towards a Christian Pastoral Approach to Cambodian Culture 1 Chapter 1 1.0 Introduction 1.1 The world we live in We live in a time of Globalization, where we find ourselves rubbing shoulders, working together and living with all kinds of people belonging to different races and different creeds. This could have been a fulfillment of that Biblical passage: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Ps 133) Unfortunately we see a stark contrast to this passage happening before our very eyes. Our world is enveloped in deep global conflicts including those which many attribute to religious fanaticism. Misunderstanding of another’s culture or creed often leads to conflict. If we wish a peaceful co-existence to triumph in our world, our greatest challenge today would be to maintain that respect for each other’s beliefs without necessarily giving up ours. 1.2 The particular world we live in For those of us who live far from our own native land and live with people of another culture, understanding their cultural context and milieu will certainly help us understand the people of that place.

International thesis/dissertation

Autore: Gerard Ravasco Contatta »

Composta da 124 pagine.

 

Questa tesi ha raggiunto 112 click dal 05/09/2006.

Disponibile in PDF, la consultazione è esclusivamente in formato digitale.