vihear sour, Kandal – The toothy smile on the villager’s face didn’t quite match the buffalo’s foaming mouth as it spotted a red shirt in the crowd and changed direction. The buffalo swerved, the rider slid off its back and the speeding beast was free. Dozens of villagers on Friday came to Kandal province’s Vihear Sour village with their livestock—buffalo and horses—to hurtle down a muddy, 4-meter-wide track in superstitious hope of bringing good health to man and beast in the coming year. It was the penultimate day of Pchum Ben celebrations—the last chance to appease one’s ancestors
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