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Title: Digital and interactive media analysis of myths and traditions expressed in Thai fairground art
Author: Raksadeja, K.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7228 0726
Awarding Body: Liverpool John Moores University
Current Institution: Liverpool John Moores University
Date of Award: 2018
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The core themes in Thai art have traditionally been didactic Buddhist ethical works and popular folkloric beliefs. Both are permeated with a cosmology and worldview that is supernatural but which is pervaded with ethical implications for people’s daily lives. Buddhist art aims to encourage selfless acts for the good of others, including other individuals, society, the country and the natural world. Such abstract themes have been rendered accessible to ordinary people by means of fantastical creatures and supernatural myths that insinuate moral values and demonstrate a coherent Theravada worldview that is uniquely Thai. This thesis explores the popular manifestations of such phenomena at the intersection of traditional folk beliefs and practices, popular entertainment, Thai official/ royal high culture and confessional Buddhist ethical instruction by analysing the art forms associated with temple fairgrounds at major festivals. Based on a review of related literature and analysis of Thai artists, it concludes that the renaissance of traditional Thai culture is reciprocal with authentic grassroots activities such as temple fairs fostered and supported by traditional patronage and cultural resources from the royal court culture and Buddhist ethics. Based on this analysis, my own work offers a modern rendering in the spirit of traditional forms utilising modern multimedia methods to create an immersive and interactive artistic experience.
Supervisor: Appleton, P. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament