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Old 11-28-2013, 07:30 PM
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Originally Posted by Thepastpresentandfuture View Post
That is surprising if this is an occurrence in Cambodia. Where did you encounter this speculative observation about Cambodia?

Well, I expect most people in Cambodia to be mostly vegetarian, or at least just never eating anything with tarantula spiders. Lol The Cambodian food cuisine appears to never allow the use of something not edible in the cuisine. I rather never associate Cambodia with people eating something not edible.

The temples/historic architecture in Cambodia, Buddhism spiritual cultural customs, and being very connected to a foreign/exotic kind of life appears to go with Cambodia’s cultural image much more.

Yes, Burma is exotic, but in my opinion a more negative version of foreign/exotic, mostly just because of how the recent oppressive government regime attempted to ruin Burmese society over there. However, maybe Burma/Myanmar at least is having some hope for a better future and eventually changing the government system and allowing this country to become more pleasant and welcoming to the majority of the population and tourists.

Thailand is a much better and more positive version of foreign/exotic compared to Burma for plenty of reasons.

The cultural image and ideas related to being foreign/exotic is multidimensional and having certain easy to figure out indicators about it vs. the more obscure/mysterious components about foreign exotic.

There is the positive, good, encouraging kind of foreign/exotic: Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, some areas of India, China. Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Fiji, Tahiti Polynesia, Argentina, Austria, Bhutan vs. the neutral in between form of foreign/exotic: New Zealand, Indonesia, some of Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Eurasian region: Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, some of Middle East and Maghreb: Israel, UAE, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, and also a negative, bad, discouraging form of foreign/exotic: Most of Africa: Nigeria, Angola, Cameroon, Some of the Middle East: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahran, Syria, Qatar.
If they were/are it has more to do with meat being expensive than anything. Vegetarianism is NOT the norm in the Buddhist world, it's mostly something monks and serious laypersons do. The buddha himself did not explicitly forbid it (he didn't really forbid many things though). In Thailand probably less than 10% are vegetarian.

Well Burma is let down by that, but the fact it is less touched by tourism, life goes on the way it has gone for decades more or less (more stuck in time), it's wealth of treasures, makes it's exoticism more positive and less kitschy in a way too.
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