The research objectives were to investigate the condition of Thai Phuan traditions in the current climate and to find out ways to revive and preserve their traditions. Qualitative methods for data collection and analysis were employed. The key informants were chosen through specific sampling. Data collection was used through specific sampling, participatory and non participatory observations, in-depth-interviews and focus group discussions. We divided these traditions into two main tracts, i.e., the traditional phenomena in their present situation, and the means of reviving and preserving others. It was found that traditional rituals at Bannalaobok, Chacheongsao could be classified into three categories, i.e., the preserved, the abandoned, and the adapted ones. The preserved traditions that had been passed down were as follows: the Songkran festival (water splashing), the annual temple fair of Luang Por Ta Yor (the late abbot's statue), the house-guardian ancestor spirit offering ceremony, the bung almsgiving ceremony, New Year Khanom Tien festival, the Buddha's great previous life sermon, the ten thousand rice lamp ceremony and the Kao Lam ceremony. The abandoned traditions consist of the Mae Posob (goddess of rice) worship ceremony and the Kwan welcoming ceremony and the Malai Muan Malai Saen sermon. Finally, the adapted traditions include Buddhist ordinations, wedding ceremonies and funeral ceremonies. In addition, focus group discussion revealed that many sectors of village were responsible for reviving and preserving traditions.
Boonyod Sriratanasarana, Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University, Thailand
Stream: Social Sciences
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