Cambodia: Views on Medicine
Tiffany Suriadinata, Matthew Pyerkov
Beliefs and Practices Involving Health, Illness, and Medicine
Most are comfortable in accepting Western medicine and traditional, and are open to any spiritual consolation, but communication problems (refusing to provide information, symptoms) occur often. There seems to be a common belief that once symptoms are gone, they are cured. There is a lack of value toward preventive screening and check-ups. Special objects and practices include amulets made by kru, spiritual worship, offerings of food, and protective charms.
"Among Buddhists death is regarded as an occasion of major religious significance, both for the deceased and for the survivors. For the deceased it marks the moment when the transition begins to a new mode of existence within the round of rebirths. When death occurs all the kammic forces that the dead person accumulated during the course of his or her lifetime become activated and set about determining the next rebirth. For the living, death is a powerful reminder of the Buddha's teaching on impermanence; it also provides an opportunity to assist the deceased person as he or she fares on to the new existence." (http://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/cycle.htm)