Indigenous Spirituality in Cambodia: Implications for Development Programming

Author: Nathaniel Adams

September 1, 2011

This report is part of WFDD's ongoing efforts since 2009 to "map" the development work of faith-inspired organizations in Cambodia. The goal is to promote understanding and a better informed dialogue among faith-inspired and secular development partners on issues of common concern. The report follows a November 2010 publication, "Faith-Inspired Organizations & Development in Cambodia," and explores in greater detail the often-misunderstood indigenous faith traditions in the country, contributing to a better understanding of how indigenous spirituality is relevant to development priorities. It explores the nature of indigenous spiritual systems in Cambodia, emphasizing the indigenous conception of landscape, which blends the physical and the spiritual, particularly in the case of spirit forests.