Khmer and Sanskrit
- Contributed by Sri Anand Natarajan, CA, USA.
Throughout its history, but especially during the 1st millennium AD, Cambodia was greatly influenced by India, politically and culturally. For example, Hinduism and Buddhism became major religions in Cambodia. This has left a lasting impact in the language of Cambodia – Khmer, and indeed in all the languages of Southeast Asia. We’ll first give a little background on the Khmer language and then talk a bit about Sanskrit influences on Khmer.