TGIF The 13th! 13日の金曜日!

(English report follows after Japanese)

TGIF! 今日は13日の金曜日です!何となくイヤな予感に襲われている方はいらっしゃいますか。





1. 悪疫退散祈願のため火を燃やし、塩で清める



2. 新型コロナウイルス治療薬がある



3. ティン・モン








Thank God It’s Friday! And it’s Friday the 13th! Are you feeling a little superstitious today?

If you didn’t know, there are two Friday the 13ths this year ー one being today and the other back in March.


Talking about being superstitious, we want to share about three superstitions that happened in Cambodia earlier this year just when the Covid-19 pandemic first broke out:


1. Burning Fires and Scattering Salt

Cambodians believe that by burning campfires and sprinkling salt outside their homes, it can help to eradicate viruses. However, the Cambodian government has debunked the myth and saying that it is a dangerous action as it may cause fire accidents to occur.


2. Covid-19 Treatment Drugs

Claims of the availability of drugs that can cure Covid-19 went viral in Cambodia, and we all know that this, of course is not true.


3. Using “Ting Mong”

If you can still recall our Halloween-themed post about “Ting Mong” (see here), which is a Cambodia’s version of the scarecrow placed outside homes to protect against diseases. Again, we are not sure how true this is, but the number of “Ting Mong” seen outside homes in Cambodia has sure increased since the pandemic outbreak.


Last but not least, we want also to inform that, if you have heard rumours about Cambodia going on a lock-down due to the recent “November 3 Incident”, and that over half of the 900 people in connection with the incident were tested positive for Covid-19, they are NOT TRUE!, as according to the Cambodian government.


Rather than believing in superstitions and groundless rumours, believe more in Practising Personal Hygiene, Wearing Mask and Maintaining Social Distance, which can help to protect yourself against Covid-19.



  • Khmer Times, “PM Urges People Not To Use Superstitious Methods To Try To Ward Off Covid-19”, Pech Sotheary, 26 March 2020,
  • Khmer Times, “A Pandemic Of Rumours”, Khann Chanvirak, 13 November 2020,