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Sounding the Center: History and Aesthetics in Thai Buddhist Performance / Edition 2
     

Sounding the Center: History and Aesthetics in Thai Buddhist Performance / Edition 2

by Deborah Wong, Deborah Wong
 

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ISBN-10: 0226905861

ISBN-13: 9780226905860

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Sounding the Center is an in-depth look at the power behind classical music and dance in Bangkok, the capital and sacred center of Buddhist Thailand. Focusing on the ritual honoring teachers of music and dance, Deborah Wong reveals a complex network of connections among kings, teachers, knowledge, and performance that underlies the classical court

Overview

Sounding the Center is an in-depth look at the power behind classical music and dance in Bangkok, the capital and sacred center of Buddhist Thailand. Focusing on the ritual honoring teachers of music and dance, Deborah Wong reveals a complex network of connections among kings, teachers, knowledge, and performance that underlies the classical court arts.

Drawing on her extensive fieldwork, Wong lays out the ritual in detail: the way it is enacted, the foods and objects involved, and the people who perform it, emphasizing the way the performers themselves discuss and construct aspects of the ceremony.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226905860
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface: Attending a Ritual, Thinking about Ritual
Acknowledgments
Conventions and Orthography
1. Men Who Become the Deity: The Thai Body in Performance, The Thai Body as History
2. Performing Wai Khruu Ritual
3. Knowledge and Power in Thai Culture: Teachers as Hermits
4. Sounding the Sacred
5. Inscribing the Wai Khruu Ritual: Two Written Accounts
6. Inheritance and Nationalism: The Social Construction of Wai Khruu Rituals in Bangkok
7. The Wai Khruu as a Gendered Cultural System
8. Conclusions: Thoughts on Change
Appendixes
A. Glossary of Terms Used
B. List of the Naa Phaat Repertoire Used in the Wai Khruu Ritual
C. The Deities of Thai Court Performance
D. Thai Instruments Mentioned in the Text
E. CD Contents
F. Guide to Commercial Recordings
Notes
References
Index

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