Thursday, December 19, 2013

Buddha relics stolen from Cambodian shrine

File photo of Cambodians taking part in a Buddhist festival
in Udong, where police said December 15, 2013 that they
are searching for a golden urn said to contain relics of the Buddha
 after it was stolen from a shrine in the town
AFP News – Dec 15 ,2013

Cambodian police on Sunday said they were searching for a golden urn said to contain relics of the Buddha -- including hair, teeth and bones -- after it was stolen from a shrine.

The theft of several small statues and the urn from a mountain shrine in the former royal city of Udong was discovered on Tuesday, according to national police spokesman Kirt Chantharith.

The relics are "very important" to Cambodians -- the vast majority of whom are devout Buddhists, he added.

"Ninety percent of our people follow Buddhism and respect the Buddha and the remains are those of the Buddha," Kirt Chantharith said.

"We don't know where the urn is now. We are looking for it," he said, adding five guards had been arrested in connection with the theft.

The relics are believed to have been brought from Sri Lanka to Cambodia in the 1950s to mark the 2,500th anniversary of Buddha's birth.

In 2002, then king Norodom Sihanouk moved the relics from the capital Phnom Penh to Udong, some 45 kilometre (30 miles) from Phnom Penh -- in a ceremony attended by tens of thousands of people.


Anonymous said...

it's not big deal monk. join the protest instead of crying for a lost of something not even worth for national treasury. let fight for our land, our democracy. you monk just ignore the event and pretend fighting for religion. if we lost Khmer land to viet, you won't ever stay in temple, the viet will kick you out to the farms.

Anonymous said...

I feel so shameful when seeing young Khmer men prefer be a monk instead of go work and support their family. just look @ the pic they are below 30. what 's a waste for Khmer force. we need young men like them to support cnrp for their future and their children. who gave them idea to be monk? shame on our lazy Khmer pple.

Anonymous said...

Hun Sen ordered secretly to steal Buddha's Relics because he believe that will save him.

Anonymous said...

8:15 AM,

If you're poor and have no other choice what would you do? You need to study the truth of what's the purpose of being a monk in Cambodia, instead of shamelessly blaming them. You should blame the gov't. for being careless re. their welfare.

Anonymous said...

The reason is poverty. Just look @ south east asia neighbours, lao, viet, Bangladesh, even Afghanistan, they're not different than us. But they don't have a mushroom of monks like us. The monk just tried to escaped their family support and pretend they want to study and reason they become monk. How about a. Poor family who only have a daughter and want to study, what can she become? I 've met so many monks everywhere in cambodia, seem like 1 every 6 of. Khmer population. Khmers need to speak about this parasites. 1484335434

Anonymous said...

CPP have tanks and gun. What does CNRP have? Please don't let the poor khmer die because of your long for fame and and power. If to think that the world will sorry for the death khmer? You have to open your eyes and see. There are death every where in Egym, Syria, Iraq, Liyba, CAR etc.. Did the world give a dam about it? Khmer can work together if khmer love khmer or else blood will spill in phnom Phen streets. Justic will never came soon enough.

Anonymous said...

If the government scrapes a bit ashes from the paccha of a nearby wat - who can say if these are not the genuine remains of Sakya Muny? And that's all this government has to do to get itself out of a bind.

Anonymous said...

good luck with finding the youn relic.