Krama Symbolism

Krama worn around the head by Daly Pa, even far, far away from Cambodia - Lake Tahoe, California

Krama worn around the head by Daly Pa, even far, far away from Cambodia – Lake Tahoe, California

It’s a part of us, you know. But it became a symbol of the Khmer Rouge. Of war. Of violence. These small, young soldiers with the Chinese caps and the krama around their neck. And then, we saw so many people tied up with it. And blindfolded or killed, brought like that to execution. It left a big mark. We are marked by this object. It became something violent. You could say the Khmer Rouge…indoctrinated the krama, gave it a kind of ideology.

Rithy Panh, “S-21: The Killing Machine” (2007)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s