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During the Pol Pot years a small temple on a hill’s summit at Phnom Sampeau was used as a prison. Like most Khmer Rouge prisons there was only one way out - prisoners were marched about a hundred meters to a small cave opening, bludgeoned and pushed down a fifteen-meter deep hole. Many of the bones have since been collected and placed in a small enclosure as a memorial.

The Buddha nearby keeps vigil over the bones.

The gestures performed by the hands of a Buddha image (mudras) have specific meanings that refer to some event in the life of the Buddha or denote a special characteristic.

Vitarka Mudra - Teaching, Giving Instruction, Reason
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