In the 8th century the powerful Shri-Vijaya kingdom in Sumatra introduced a mixture of Hinduism and Mahayana to the Khmers in present-day Cambodia. The Khmers were originally Hindus.
Who brought Hinduism to Cambodia?
Highland tribal groups, most with their own local religious systems. These were arguably the earliest religious people in Cambodia. Hinduism came to Cambodia mainly during the reign of the Chola king Raja Raja Chola in the 10th century. Even before that, Buddhism had arrived in Cambodia.
When did India come to Cambodia?
The first Indians in modern times to settle in Cambodia arrived in the 1960s and 1970s. Most of them came from the Southern province of Tamilnadu and they worked as jewelers, moneylenders and traders around Central Market in Phnom Penh. But they had to leave the country once the Khmer Rouge arrived.
Is Cambodia a Hindu country?
Modern Cambodia is made up of about 95 percent Theravada Buddhists, with Cham Muslims, Christians and tribal animists making up most of the remainder. However, it hasn’t always been this way, with Cambodia’s roots steeped deep in Hinduism.