National Geographic : 1928 Sep
© National Geographic Society Autochrome by Gervais Courtellemont HERE THE BROTHERS OF THE SAFFRON ROBE DO HOMAGE TO THEIR GOD The sermon or lesson is read by one of the bonzes while seated in a beautifully carved pulpit. The congregation iscomposed of men attached to the Royal Pagoda at Pnompenh, who have in their care treasures of great value. The relics are kept inglass boxes which are not locked but sealed with paper and stamped with the royal mark. This procedure serves as a most effectual safeguard, for no Cambodian, regarding his king as the representative of God on earth, would ever dream of stealing from him.