I watched a lot of the actual cremation ceremony on television last night. I didn't have a press pass so getting close to the action wasn't really an option, hence why I watched it on tv. The smoke surrounding the funeral pyre was a dramatic final chapter on King Father Norodom Sihanouk. It was a moment in history for everyone, especially the Cambodian nation who have rallied behind the persona of the King Father. I saw this at close quarters when I visited the cremation site on Sunday. The grief was palpable, etched on the face of so many, the older generation especially. As a foreigner and having read copiously on the country's modern past, I have my own views on the King Father's place in history, but one part of the ceremony that didn't sit well with me was the excessive attention given to criminals getting gifts
from the King and getting so much air-time, especially the convicted
foreign pedophile, but its not my country and its not my tradition, so my opinion doesn't really matter. I cannot imagine we will ever witness again what we have seen over the past few months.
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