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Subject Art ,tradition, one-pillar sermon altar, belief, Phu Tai , Kalasin
Author Khamphan Yapatang
Title A one –pillar sermon altar: Structural design and beliefs of the Phu Tai in Kuchinarai District, Kalasin Province
Document Type Thesis Original Language of Text -
Ethnic Identity Phuthai, Language and Linguistic Affiliations -
Location of
          Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, Khon Kaen University Library Total Pages - Year 2012
Source Khon Kaen University

          This work examines one-pillar sermon altars of the Phu Tai ethnic group in six villages in Kuchinarai District, Kalasin Province. It was found that the altars dated back over fifty years. They are different from commonly found altars because they are made from the main pillars of houses. This was a unique belief of the ethnic group by assimilating their animistic beliefs with Buddhism. They believed that constructing a sermon altar was a form of merit making. The six altars were constructed between 1829 and 1940 due to their faith in Buddhism derived from Buddhist history, Buddhist teachings, and their ethnic culture. Most of the altars were partly destroyed by nature and/or through negligence. However, the six altars are still in good condition and are either permanently setup or portable. The objective of this investigation is to conserve this art.

Text Analyst Phumchai Khachamit Date of Report Jan 30, 2017
TAG Art, tradition, one-pillar sermon altar, belief, Phu Tai, Kalasin, Translator -


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