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Cambodia's royal oxen fail to predict good rice harvest: CAMBODIA'S royal oxen shunned rice grain on Saturday du...

Cambodia's royal oxen fail to predict good rice harvest: CAMBODIA'S royal oxen shunned rice grain on Saturday du...

Cambodia host the annual ploughing festival during which royal oxen will have to choose between seven bowls including rice, corn, green beans, grass, sesame, water and wine to predict the future of the farming season. The tradition, which is hundreds of years old, is followed closely by people in Cambodia, the majority of whom are farmers. -- PHOTO: REUTERS PHNOM PENH - CAMBODIA'S royal oxen shunned rice grain on Saturday during an ancient ceremony to predict the country's agricultural fortunes - prompting fears of a poor rice harvest among superstitious farmers. King Norodom Sihamoni presided over the ritual in a park outside the palace where thousands of people watched royal astrologers observing the animals' behaviour. After a symbolic ploughing of a portion of the field, a pair of oxen were led to seven dishes - rice, corn, beans, sesame, grass, water and alcohol - lai...

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