Talking on the Jeejah

One morning when I was walking around Angkor Wat, I saw this monk there, chatting away on his mobile phone. I thought it was just all so unusual -- I had to take a shot! Many monks from all over Asia come here on pilgrimage. I suppose he could have been talking to someone in his home precinct. Are they called precincts? I don't know.


Also, if any of you have read the new Neal Stephenson book, you will get the "Jeejah" reference. It's a very interesting book about, well... I am not ruining anything here, but it starts out with the tale of a monk. They are not familiar with all the technologies used by the outside (extramuros) world, and they call mobile phones "jeejahs". There is a whole array of new words in there for the new world he has created... his books are thought provoking as always.


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  • David Min 6y

    Great shot ! With the monk, the shot is even better.
  • bevcraigwhite 6y

    good story...and fine colourful capture !!!! Nominee
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  • Bernie 6y

    A most interesting capture.

    I have long called unfamiliar objects 'geegaws'.
  • Preeti Desai 6y

    Nice juxtaposition of tech and religion. The photo looks surreal.
    Thanks for the book suggestion - will have to check it out! Sounds intriguing.
  • Bun Thoeun Pein 6y

    Monks are allowed to use cell phones, unlike Amish people. But they have a lot of restriction. Example, no touching any women, no drinking and so on....

    The next time I'm up in Elmira Ontario, home to a lot of Amishes, I'll try to catch them talking on cellphone.
  • Dr.Fitz! → (Trying to catch up again!!) 6y

    thats nice!love the unsharp background . one of the monks in angkor asked me if i could arrage a nice pic of him and a certain tourist girl wandering around angkor :D
  • -Reji 6y

    Very interesting. Nicely taken too.
  • PeteƦ ToshiƦo™ 6y

    Interesting capture.
  • Trey Ratcliff 6y

    Thanks everyone! :)
  • Horace 6y

    can you hear me now?? ;-p
  • Jenny Barnes 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Makes My Bones Sing ~P1 C3~, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Oh this is a brilliant image- and ditto about Neal Stephenson, he is a fantastic and crative writer.
  • gariphic 6y

    Can you hear me now? Gr8 capture.
  • dutchrookie 6y


    Yes, I agree, This is most unusual.......................but the two worlds
  • Jon Taylor 6y

    T-Mobile, Kharma and vanilla cream reflections, awesome.
  • Barbara 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cell Phone Phoolery, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Mr.Enjoy 6y

    The fraa has gone bolt but no cord!?
    No doubt he's a Feral using praxis to get on the ret :D
    Or he's just planeing an Ita to fix his roaming...
    Great comp, colours and focus...Congrats!
  • ps70 ...,,.,., 6y

    so charming:-)
  • Elly Lukic 3y

    Haha that is awesome.
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