A Comparative Study of Thai Phuan Folk Tradition in Ban Mi, Lopburi Province, Thailand and Loa Phuan in Chiang Khwang, People’s Republic of Loa

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Wasana Boonsom



         This paper examined the general context and conducted the comparatiive study of local traditions between of Thai Phuan in Amphor Ban Mi, Lopburi Province, Thailand and those of Loa Phuan in Chiang Khwang, Loa People’s Democratic Republic. Data were collected by observation and in-depth interview. Together with pictures on videotape record Data were analyzed using content analysis. The results of the research have revealed that people of the two areas speak the name Phaun language which protects their identity, However, their geography, history, politics, and economy are diffirent. Chiang Khwang is located in mountainous region and ruled by socialism, while Ban Mi is located on flat, low-lying land and ruled by capitalism. Both of them try their best to restore and conserve their traditions and rituals. Loa Phuan in Chiang khwang have adjusted some rituals in order to create harmony with Loa culture. Even though people of the two areas have different background, they have created strong communities through their traditional rituals. They have strong faith in their rituals bringing their happiness, prosperity, peace, well-being, and unity.

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