I’m not sure how we have managed to live here for six months without knowing the oath that is taken by witnesses before they testify in a Cambodian court. I’ve been to court with our team here many times, but no one ever translates the oath for me since it’s a routine matter. My eyes were opened to greatness earlier this week. This is just sublime.
My favorites –
From the oath itself:
From the admonition given by the Court, before the oath is administered:
That's right -- "a miserable and violent death by means of bullets, electricity, lightning, tiger bites, and snake strikes." What I truly love is the word "and." Somehow all of these disparate means of inflicting a torturous and painful death are supposed to converge all at once. Please be very careful when you testify....
The oath does provide an upside:
This positive note of encouragement is reinforced by the Court:
I defy you to find a more compelling and attention-grabbing oath than this gem of brilliance in Cambodia. Unless and until someone finds something better (good luck!), I'm declaring this the best oath in recorded human history. If interested, here is the full text, from Cambodia's Code of Criminal Procedure:
I hope all of you are well. And may your forest guardians grant you long life, good health, abundant possessions, and respectful and loving families.