Yaeng Sop Mon Tradition: A Case Study of Phra Khru Kanchana Sarakit’s Funeral, Former Abbot of Mong Sathoe Temple, Nonglu Subdistrict, Sangkhlaburi District, Kanchanaburi Province

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Orapan Sritong
Chaloempon Sritong


          This research aimed to 1) study traditional features of Yaeng Sop Mon Tradition (Body-Snatching Tradition of Mon people) in Kanchanaburi Province, and 2) study conservative guidelines in inheritance of Yaeng Sop Mon Tradition in Kanchanaburi Province. In this qualitative study, data were collected using an in-depth interview with a group of 6 key informants including experienced scholars chosen by purposive sampling, other related persons, community leaders and guests participated in the tradition chosen by snowball sampling. The findings showed that Yaeng Sop Mon Tradition has long been inherited. It was not an annual tradition, but was specifically held for a high-ranking abbot who passed away. Only a group of elderly people could provide in-depth information transferred from generations to generations. Besides, official records of the tradition were not clearly made in the past leading to failure in traditional inheritance. Accordingly, a focus group had been conducted as to create some guidelines in 1) raising awareness in collecting, recording, and publicizing information about the tradition and construction methods of Mon castle, 2) soliciting the government sector in officially promoting and supporting cultural promotion and preservation for further sustainability, 3) raising awareness, in particular to teenagers and community members, to realize the importance of cultural conservation, and 4) publicizing Yaeng Sop Mon tradition as part of exhibitions in annual events held by provincial organizations (e.g., tourism activities).


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