“Magical Objects” in Contemporary Thai Paranormal Literary Works


  • Chansuda Chaiprasert
  • Namphueng Padamalangula


Magical Object, Contemporary Thai Paranormal Literary Works


This article aims to detail a study of “Magical Objects” in six contemporary Thai paranormal literary works: Kaew Rahu, Kularp Rattikal, Petch Aknee, Sroisaengjan, Rak Bun, and Tongpayamarn. The research found that in these surreal pieces of contemporary Thai literature, the magic of traditional characters of both ancient and modern literature is represented. The key features of the magic were the ability to fulfill one’s desire and to give protection to the owner. While the representation of this magic was derived from literature, the creation of new features of the magic is related to contemporary society. The creators of the magic in contemporary Thai literature include gods and humans; while the owner of the magic in contemporary Thai literature changed from ancient literature, in which the owner was a king or royal prince of the king, to become ordinary people who had life problems and were full of greed. This has led to changing the role of the magic from supporting the concept of ethical virtue to representing the concept of human greed. This is a reflection of a character’s action that tried to use the magic in order to solve problems and fulfill one’s desire. In addition, magic in contemporary literature clearly reflects the modern capitalistic Thai society.

Author Biographies

Chansuda Chaiprasert

Lecturer, Department of Thai Language and Culture, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Hauchiew Chalermprakiet University

Namphueng Padamalangula

Assistant Professor, Department of Thai, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University


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How to Cite

Chaiprasert, C., & Padamalangula, N. (2023). “Magical Objects” in Contemporary Thai Paranormal Literary Works. Journal of Thai Studies, 15(2), 165–191. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/TSDJ/article/view/264080



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