REGION: Asia
COUNTRY: Cambodia
YEAR PRINTED: 1996
VALUE: 900 riels

This stamp was issued by the Cambodian government in 1996 to celebrate the country’s traditional Hindu dance-drama, the Reamker. The Reamker is Cambodia’s version of the Indian Ramayana epic, telling the story of the battle between the divine avatar Rama and his allies against the demon king Ravana. This stamp depicts a character named Isei, unknown outside Cambodia.

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REGION: Asia
COUNTRY: Cambodia
YEAR PRINTED: 1996
VALUE: 500 riels

This stamp was issued by the Cambodian government in 1996 to celebrate the country’s traditional Hindu dance-drama, the Reamker. The Reamker is Cambodia’s version of the Indian Ramayana epic, telling the story of the battle between the divine avatar Rama and his allies against the demon king Ravana. This stamp depicts Ream Iso, one of the demon followers of Ravana.

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REGION: Asia
COUNTRY: Cambodia
YEAR PRINTED: 1996
VALUE: 100 riels

This stamp was issued by the Cambodian government in 1996 to celebrate the country’s traditional Hindu dance-drama, the Reamker. The Reamker is Cambodia’s version of the Indian Ramayana epic, telling the story of the battle between the divine avatar Rama and his allies against the demon king Ravana. This stamp depicts Tusmukh, the Cambodian version of Ravana.

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TITLE: Hanuman Reamker Mask
TYPE: helmet mask
GENERAL REGION: Asia
COUNTRY: Cambodia
ETHNICITY: Khmer
DESCRIPTION: Hanuman Mask
MAKER: Unknown
CEREMONY: Reamker Dance Drama
AGE: 1960s
MAIN MATERIAL: paper maché
OTHER MATERIALS: paste; gilding; mirrors; paint

Reamker is the Cambodian adaptation of the Hindu epic from India, the Ramayana. It is performed for public entertainment and features paper maché helmet masks on most male characters.  This specific character is Hanuman, the monkey god who plays the central role in assisting Rama (sometimes rendered “Phreah Ream” in Khmer), the hero of the epic, to recover his wife, who was abducted by the demon king Ravana (Krong Reap in Khmer).

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