Interesting Cambodian Custom – A Scrotum Shave!

You may not know this, but the language of Cambodia, Khmer, does not use the Latin alphabet like western languages.  While it is a beautiful alphabet to look at, it is completely unrecognizable, and a complete mystery to us.

Khmer Language

As we pass by stores or office fronts, the Khmer language will be large, with the English translation (if there is one), below in a smaller font.

As we passed a local barber, something caught my eye.  I don’t know what it was, but I stopped and looked at a group of men getting haircuts and shaves.  There was a familiar tone and air of camaraderie amongst them.  There was a small group of men waiting to get their hair cut, and then around a small screen, another group of men were unseen, but I could hear them talking back and forth, and joking with each other, even though they were in different areas.

I asked about a shave, since it’s almost time for another Alan’s Shave Time post.  (Note to self: I really gotta come up with a better title!)  One of the guys about to get shaved, told me the price, and then asked me what kind of shave I was interested in.  He then called back to the hidden group of guys in the back, and there was a bunch of jocular yelling and laughing in response.

I didn’t understand the hubbub, so I mimicked the shave motion on my face.  The young man had a mischievous look on his face, and called back again.  Another guy came out, and he actually spoke some English.  Not much, but I finally understood what all the laughter was about.

In Cambodia, it is a custom for a groom (and the groomsmen), to have their scrotums shaved the day before the wedding.  I’m not sure if this is their equivalent of a Bachelor Party, but they all seemed to be having a good time, so who am I to judge?

The guy told me the prices for both types of shaves, and I left.  Once again, I thought, “Why the hell not!”, and decided to have them both done.  Rather than write about it, I decided to do a video of the experience.  It’s OK!  There’s nothing graphic.  It’s a G-rated video.

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About Alan Wagoner

Alan digs on technology and travel and is definitely the comic in the family. He's traveled all over the globe in search of cultural experiences. He has a fantastic wife and two great children that put up with his "humor", and luckily they all love travel as well. In Aug 2012, they sold their house and all of their possessions and moved to Spain to soak up the culture. He has written a book titled Live In Spain to help those wanting to obtain a Spanish Resident Visa. He also loves to write about the funnier side of the family's adventures.

10 thoughts on “Interesting Cambodian Custom – A Scrotum Shave!

  1. Well done with your video Alan! Clever 😉 As for the Scrote Shave, I’ll HAVE TO mention this on my next post. And so regretting that I knew not of this custom before my wedding 2 weeks ago lol!


    • Glad you liked it Ryan. Just because you didn’t know about the custom then doesn’t mean that you can’t do it now. I think this custom will become a big hit in Paris. A shaved scrotum will be the new black.

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