Sounding the Center

Sounding the Center

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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.(6) Varravinai gave a slightly different explanation, saying that making the mask of the Old Father (and of the demon Phiraap) ... This last ritual, called boek phra neet (literally, a€œopening the eyesa€), a€œbrings the mask to lifea€ (mii chiiwit khA¼n maa); if not observed, the mask ... Its shape is thatof an upside-down temple boundary stone (bai seemaa).37 The side with his face is inscribed with the words a€œLoving anbsp;...

Title:Sounding the Center
Author:Deborah Wong
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2001-08-15


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