Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Legacy? Brahmanical Ceremonies of Tri-yumpawai and Tri-pawai in Bangkok Revisited


India has a long history of relations with Southeast Asia. As a result of 2000 years of cultural exchange, South Asian influences are evident in most parts of the region. In this paper, I am particularly interested in examining the different perceptions of Indian culture in a Thai context, a place that has experienced Indic influences on arts, scriptures, and language, as well as religious practices and ceremonies. This paper aims to bring this Indic cultural legacy to light with a focus on two ancient Brahmanical ceremonies observed at the Brahmin temple in Bangkok, a temple reserved for royal rites. A number of papers have been written on the Indic influences but not much has been written on how the cultural legacy has carried over to the present time. The findings show that the Thai population has retained the Indic cultural legacy and at the same time modified the Hindu belief systems adding Thai elements especially in the two ceremonies, Tri-yumpawai and Tri-pawai, examined in this paper.

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Ruchi Agarwal, Mahidol University International College, Thailand

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Conference: ACCS2013
Stream: Cultural Studies

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