Walter Mason talks the supernatural, other worlds and Destination Cambodia on Barry Eaton's Radio Out There

I recently had a chat with the lovely Barry Eaton on his online radio show Radio Out There. The whole emphasis of Barry's show is on the unexplainable, hence the emphasis of this inerview, where I discussed some of the more fascinating examples of Cambodian spirituality and popular religious practice.

You can listen to the show here. My interview starts at around the 20 minute mark.

I was so honoured to be on Barry's show, because he is an Australian broadcasting legend, being an old ABC hand. In recent years he has turned his interest to matters metaphysical, and has written an outstanding book on the subject called Afterlife. He is about to release a brand new one called No Goodbyes - both books published by Allen & Unwin.

In this interview we touch on some of the more magical elements of Cambodian life - including their passion for the healing properties of magical children and magical logs.

Angkor Wat

We also talk about the mystical anchor of Angkor Wat, an immense spiritual powerhouse and site of pilgrimage for centuries. Just being inside Angkor Wat leaves even the most cynical person alive to the mystical possibilities of the place. It becomes more and more complex with each visit, and some astrologers say it is in alignment with certain astrological alignments.

One of Henri Mouhot's sketches of the "rediscovered" Angkor Wat in the 19th century

We also ponder the increasing presence of international tourists. I think that Angkor Wat has tantalised the Western imagination ever since it was first "rediscovered" by French explororer Henri Mouhot, and the idea of it had fascinated that great founder of Theosophy Madame Blavatsky who, though she never visited it, wrote about it in The Secret Doctrine as a place of great mystery and power.

Madame Blavatsky - fascinated by Angkor Wat
Read about Barry Eaton's new book No Goodbyes here

To learn more about the Theosophical Society and its activities (yes, it's still around) in Sydney, check their website here

A lovely piece about Henri Mouhot here


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