Daily Life in Cambodia
Buddhist Monks: Begging
Just as more women than men attend Christian churches so more women give alms to the monks making their daily rounds.
People normally put rice or other food into the monk's begging bowl or money into his bag, and then make a silent prayer.
Women are not allowed to touch monks, and vice versa. The monks always extend their begging bowl to receive alms so that there is no physical contact.
It is quite common to see older people giving alms to the monks but it is not unusual to see younger men and women contributing also.
One reason more women are seen giving alms is that the monks are begging in the neighborhoods where houses and shops are combined, and the women are at home with the children while the men may be away at another place of work.
Usually the monks will chant a prayer for the people who have given alms before they move on along their rounds in the neighborhoods.
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