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        <h1>Khmer People</h1>
        <p><b>Khmer people</b> (Khmer: ខ្មែរ, Khmer pronunciation: [kʰmaːe]), Northern Khmer pronunciation: [kʰmɛr]) are the predominant ethnic group in Cambodia, accounting for approximately 90% of the 15.2 million[2] people in the country. They speak the Khmer language, which is part of the larger Austro–Asiatic language family found throughout eastern and central India and Bangladesh, Southeast Asia, southern China and numerous islands in the Indian Ocean.

The majority of the Khmer are followers of the Khmer style of Buddhism, a highly syncretic version which blends elements of Theravada Buddhism, Hinduism, animism and ancestor-spirit worship.[7] Significant populations of Khmers reside in adjacent areas of Thailand (Northern Khmer) and the Mekong Delta region of neighboring Vietnam (Khmer Krom) whilst there are over one million Khmers in the Cambodian diaspora living mainly in France, the United States and Australia.</p>
        <p>The legendary founders of the kingdom of Kambuja are the Brahman priest Sage Kambu Swayambhuva and the Nāga princess Soma, or Mera as she is known in some versions of the founding myth. Their marriage is said to have given rise to the name Khmer. The Khmer people named their kingdom Kambuja, after a Kshatriya tribe of Iron Age India.

The Kambuja tribe are believed by modern scholars to be an Iranian-speaking people, but links between the Kambuja tribe and the Kambuja kingdom at this stage of research are still unclear. Ancient myths, some going back to the earliest written records in Southeast Asia, relate that in prehistoric times Cambodia was underwater, and that only the highest mountaintops were above sea level, forming a scattered group of islands. The inhabitants of these islands were the reptilian race of the Nāga.

Cambodia was created when an ancient Indian Brahmin priest married Princess Soma, a Naga princess, upon following an arrow in his dream that pointed in the direction of somewhere in Cambodia. As a dowry, the father of princess Soma drank the oceans, and the land that was revealed underneath became Cambodia, with the descendants of the priest and the princess the people known as the Khmer. This myth explains the phenomena of why the oldest Khmer wats, or temples, were always built on mountaintops, and why today mountains themselves are still revered as holy places.[11]</p>
        <h3>Culture and society</h3>
        <p>The culture of the ethnic Khmer is fairly homogeneous throughout their geographic range. Regional dialects exist but are mutually intelligible. The standard is based on Phnom Penh speech, which, due to the city's status as the national capital, has been modestly affected by recent French and Vietnamese influence. The variety of Khmer spoken in Battambang is more representative of the speech of the majority of the population.

Other dialects are Northern Khmer dialect, called Khmer Surin by Cambodians, spoken by the Khmer in Thailand and Khmer Krom spoken by the Khmer native to the Mekong Delta regions of Vietnam adjacent to Cambodia. A little-studied dialect known as Western Khmer, or Cardamom Khmer, is spoken by a small, isolated population in the Cardamom Mountain range extending from Cambodia into Thailand. Although little studied, it is unique in that it maintains a definite system of vocal register that has all but disappeared in other dialects of modern Khmer.

Khmer women dressed up during Cambodian New Year.
The modern Khmer strongly identify their ethnic identity with their religious beliefs and practices which combine the tenets of Theravada Buddhism with elements of indigenous ancestor-spirit worship, animism and shamanism.[7] The majority of the Khmer live in rural villages either as rice farmers or fishermen and life revolves around the wat (temple) and the various Buddhist ceremonies throughout the year. However, if a Khmer becomes ill, they will frequently see a kru khmae (shaman/healer) whom they believe can diagnose which of the many spirits has caused the illness and recommend a course of action to propitiate the offended spirit, thereby curing the illness.[13]</p>
    <h4>Some Photos about Khmer People in traditional custom</h4>
        <img src="images/Dancers_angkor_wat.jpg" width="300px" height="200px">
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        <img src="images/1280px-Khmer_New_Year_GA2010-146.jpg"  width="300px" height="200px" >
    <h4>See more information</h4>
            <li><a href="">Khmer Empire</a></li>
            <li><a href="">Culture of Cambodia</a></li>
            <li><a href="">Khmer Rouge</a></li>
 <footnote>Design by Ngeng, Vichet (Victorly)</footnote>


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