This is me one year ago in Areng Valley, Cambodia - filming the one and only indigenous Chorng youth in that area who is learning how to that vitally important cultural instrument - the “ploy.” ... This indigenous knowledge he is (somewhat) learning from the only elder, a master player (and medicine man/shaman), who knows how to play it.
This instrument is ceremonially used as their link with each other via its believed ability to communicate with the Spirits.
Maybe you (and especially Christian and other non-Spirits based religious belief systems) think this is no big deal, that these animism based beliefs and rituals are merely pagan boogie man stuff. I’ll tell you (from experiences) that it is very real.
This entirely hand-constructed instrument is at the very least used in ritual based storytelling, and at all ceremonies used to bring people together. ... If these traditions are severed - replaced by aggressive droning electronic dance club music - then this vital root of the culture collapses, and people become essentially Lost (ie ethnocide). Culture is always evolving; yes, nothing is static.
However, there are some Things in this world that mean much much more than they may appear. ... #chorng #cambodia #arengvalley #fpic #undrip #culturepreservation #ethnocide #indigenous #indigenousknowledge #jeffreywarner #ploy #indigenousmusic