Ancestor of Cham people are those who set up Champa kingdom in the past. From the 7th to 15th century, the relation between the Cham and the Khmer changed from the allies to enemies many times.
The Cham in Cambodia
Nowadays, the Cham community has the population of approximately one million and get on well with other ethnics. Cham people mainly populate along Mekong River especially around Kratie, Kampong Cham and Phnom Penh. Like Khmer people, the Cham also live on agriculture. They plant wet rice, feed the castles and fish on Mekong River. Unlike Cham people in Mekong Delta following traditional Shivaite Hinduism, most Cham people in Cambodia follow Sunni Islam. Cham people in Cambodia have distinguished culture, tradition, lifestyle, beliefs and values which contribute to enrich the national identity of Cambodia.