Posts Tagged 'Cambodia'

Lucky Iron Fish – Unorthodox Cure For Anemia

Lucky_Iron_FishWired reports –

It looks like a trinket a tourist might pick up as a quaint souvenir, but this fish has the power to cure anemia. Called the Lucky Iron Fish, the three-inch-long piece of metal functions like a nutritional supplement, only instead of swallowing it, you add it to a simmering pot of food for ten minutes. Doing that can increase the iron content in the diets of users in places like Cambodia, where roughly half of the population suffered from iron-deficiency anemia before Lucky Iron Fish was introduced. The fish just won this year’s Cannes Lion Grand Prix in product design.

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Magic Snakes Married In Buddhist Ceremony

Yes, 2 snakes were wedded in a ceremony in Cambodia. These were actual reptile-type snakes, not lawyers. The Buddhists consider the snakes “magical” and hundreds of villagers attended the ceremony. I had to check the calendar – it is the 21st. century.

The GladstoneObserver reported –

HUNDREDS of villagers have flocked to a wedding ceremony between a 4.8-metre, 90-kg female python and her slightly smaller mate – both believed to be magic snakes that bring prosperity and peace. The two-hour ceremony in Svay Rolum village, 20km south of the capital, Phnom Penh, ended on Monday with two Buddhist monks blessing the pair and villagers showering them with flowers as wedding music played. Most Cambodians, almost all Buddhists, also subscribe to animism – a belief that spirits can inhabit living and inanimate objects. Whenever an odd animal makes an appearance, it is cause for the superstitious to celebrate. “We married these pythons to ask for health and prosperity in our village,” said 41-year-old Neth Vy, owner of the female python named Chamrouen. “We were told (by fortunetellers) that the two pythons are husband and wife and they need to live together, and if we don’t marry them we will meet bad luck,” said Neth Vy, who found the then-tiny python while fishing 16 years ago. He said since the snake became part of the household, the family’s living conditions had steadily improved and no misfortune had befallen them. The male python, named Kroung Pich, was caught 12 days ago by Hin Mao, a 44-year-old, childless woman who said she regarded it as her son.

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