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The Ramayana Revisited$
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Mandakranta Bose

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168327

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195168321.001.0001

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The Rāmāyaṇa in the Arts of Thailand and Cambodia

The Rāmāyaṇa in the Arts of Thailand and Cambodia

(p.323) 13 The Rāmāyaṇa in the Arts of Thailand and Cambodia
The Ramayana Revisited

Mandakranta Bose (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examins the place of the Rāmāyana in the performing arts and traditions of Thailand and Cambodia, tracing their roots, evolution, and impact on contemporary cultural and social life. While the epic has been the single richest source of inspiration for sculpture, it has a a more dynamic relationship with the indigenous cultures of Southeast Asia in dance dramas. Although these performance forms are deeply rooted in the original Indian narrative, their plot and characters are altered to fit the literary and artistic traditions of Thai-Khmer culture. This has occasionally resulted in deviations from the Indian sources in plot and character, leading to different ethical points of view.

Keywords:   Thailand, Cambodia, Rāmāyana, performing arts

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