Thursday, April 29, 2010

LeVine's ritualcide

Peg LeVine reads a passage from her new book at Monument
Peg LeVine is a clinical psychologist in Australia and her book, Love and Dread in Cambodia, looks at what she terms ritualcide during the Khmer Rouge years in Cambodia that had such a traumatic impact on Khmer society. It's a pretty specialist area of study looking at weddings, births and the dislocation of rituals that were an integral part of the Khmer make-up. In the launch of her book at Monument Books tonight she spoke passionately about her study, about the loss of courtship as group marriages were arranged under the Khmer Rouge and the absence of traditional rites and practices that were previously the norm amongst the Cambodian population. The emotional scar left behind is almost irreparable, though she also found instances where the new Khmer Rouge orders seemed to provide a sense of stability in an otherwise lost social order.
Peg LeVine discusses her studies with an interested attendee at Monument

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Anonymous Kent Davis said...

Great article on a great book, Andy!

Peg’s personal experience and research methods make her study unique in many ways. As you note, she holds high academic and medical credentials in the fields of psychology and anthropology.

But what makes this work so special is her holistic approach that truly respects the validity of Cambodia’s most ancient traditions and deepest spiritual values. To me, Peg isn’t a foreigner studying Cambodia; she’s a healer working in harmony with the Khmer people and their beliefs.

April 30, 2010 at 1:41 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Yes a very unique book and a passionate lady to boot.

April 30, 2010 at 8:48 AM  

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