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January 19, 2004

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Vietnamese backing won power for the Laos government so political ties between the two are like father and son. Thailand acts as the mother of Laos' economy. Politics and economy meet at bribery and corruption. The Lao have a saying when they can't afford something: "I'm people, not government."
Buddha Park, built in 1958 by Luang Pu, a shaman who merged Buddhism, Hinduism, and strange art.
Pyramids and pumpkins. The concrete pumpkin contains three internal levels that represent heaven, earth, and hell. No one can interpret what the rest of the pumpkin means.
Small sculptures torture each other in hell.