Charles Cowling


Smot is performed at Cambodian funerals to prompt people to think about the meaning of their lives.

Smot is not only for funerals, but also other occasions, such as Pchum Ben, the birthday of the king or queen and other religious ceremonies.

The teachings of the chants remind us of the inexorable forces of change from birth to death.

“I fear this tradition may not last long. These art forms will be lost if we do not care about them.”


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Jon Underwood
10 years ago

Thanks Charles, that really is a beautiful noise. And I love the contrast with the flashing monk standing next to some bins in the video! 🙂