The Glocalization of Bronze Drums in the Siamese State Ceremonies


The bronze drum is a living specimen of Southeast Asian culture and a testimony to the development of Southeast Asian societies for more than 2,000 years. The bronze drum has been inherited dynamically hitherto, and the Thai royal and national ceremonies still adopt it. However, current scholarship on bronze drums is confined chiefly to static studies, which caused the omission of the essence of glocalization. This paper takes the theory of glocalization; namely, the bronze drum is the interpenetration of the global and the local results in unique outcomes in a specific geographic occupancy, subsequently, through an interdisciplinary research method that draws on multiple lenses from Western, Chinese, and Thai sources, this study devotes to answering the question: why are the bronze drums used in Siamese state ceremonies? Eventually, while answering the question, there is a theoretical vista for glocalization in broader Southeast Asian Studies.

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Taixing Li, Graduate School Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Haosheng Duan, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

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Conference: IICAH2023
Stream: History/Historiography

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Li T., Duan H., & A. (2023) The Glocalization of Bronze Drums in the Siamese State Ceremonies ISSN: 2432-4604 – The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Hawaii 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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