Embedding of Buddhism Reflected through the Language of Thai People


Language and religion are regarded as the human's culture. Human succeeds to religion through the language usage. Meanwhile, religion influences to language usage of people in each society. In Thailand, most populations follow Buddhism. Thereby, Buddhism is held as the important base of Thai culture. Mostly, thoughts of Thai people as well as the language that Thai people used are conducted under the influence of Buddhism. This research aimed to explore the language usage of Thai people that reflected their Buddhist thoughts, embedded in the systemic concept concerned. The research results showed undoubtedly that the language reflected Buddhist thoughts of Thai people are as follows; 1) king terms, 2) names of kings, 3) pronoun, closing terms and responding particles in Thai Royal vocabulary, 4) Thai expression, 5) interjection, 6) terms with meanings of death and 7) Naming in Thai. Furthermore, the research results also showed obviously that when times, way of society and culture had changed, then the language, as the significant partial one of culture, has also changed. Presently, way of life of Thai people, as observed generally, has less closeness to Buddhism. The same caused decreasing of the language usage that reflected thoughts of Thai people towards religion explicitly.

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Methawee Yuttapongtada, Kasetsart University, Thailand

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Conference: ACAH2016
Stream: Humanities - Language, Linguistics

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