Game of Cha-ol Chhoung
"Hit me again with that song of love"
The most versatile of traditional Cambodian garments, the krama, (a multi-coloured
rectangular piece of woven cotton ) is employed this time to create the game
of Cha-ol Chhoung.
A krama is rolled into a coconut sized ball , with one length left free. This
is to allow the players to take the ball and swing it around and then release
it high into the air towards the opposition's half.
There are two teams-boys versus the girls. The game begins with one of the
boys throwing the ball into the air. The girls must catch the ball before it
touches the ground. On catching it, she must throw it straight back at the boys-
with the aim of hitting one of them. If a boy is hit, he must go into the girls'
camp and sing a song.
At half-time,, the teams are reversed with the boys doing the catching and
the girls doing the throwing and singing.
A game of Cha-ol Chhoung always draws a large audience keen to hear the humourously
improvised songs. teasing each other over who it was they intended to hit with
the ball and woo with their lyrical talents.
An old song of Cha-ol Chhoung
I throw the Chhoung and I aim at my lover, Be very careful, my dear
that my Chhoung doesn't touch the ground.
Throw it to me. and don't worry. If the Chhoung touches
the ground, I will sing for you.
Here is the Chhoung, Be careful Or you will sing even twice. If you
catch the Chhoung, wait for a while. To throw it back, wait for our union consummated.
I look to the South and I see banana trees in flower. Escorted with thirty
of his friends, he comes to ask for the young girl's hand. The father says no,
but the mother says yes.
She gives him her daughter, wanting to eat pig heads. (wedding offerings).
I look to the South and I see distinctly some coconut trees. Would you please
tell the beautiful girl Im not to take a husband.
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