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Sounding the Center : History and Aesthetics in Thai Buddhist Performance - Deborah Wong

Sounding the Center

History and Aesthetics in Thai Buddhist Performance

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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.

"This book provides a new perspective to the study of music in mainland Southeast Asia by connecting music and dance with social structure and history of Thai society. . . . [The book] not only provides new insight into the role of music in contemporary Thai society, it also serves as a useful reference for corresponding research in other areas of mainland Southeast Asia."--Giovanni Giuriata "The World of Music " "The most compelling aspect of the book, for me, is the ethnographic description. Whether she is describing performances of the ceremony, the elaborate preparation of food and floral offerings, conversations with practitioners, or even her own learning process, Wong writes with a sure eye for color and detail."--Margaret Sarkissian "Ethnomusicology "

List of Figures
Preface: Attending a Ritual, Thinking about Ritual Acknowledgments Conventions and Orthography
Men Who Become the Deity: The Thai Body in Performance, The Thai Body as History
Knowledge and Power in Thai Culture: Teachers as Hermits
Sounding the Sacred
Inscribing theWai KhruuRitual: Two Written Accounts
Inheritance and Nationalism: The Social Construction of in Bangkok
TheWai Khruuas a Gendered Cultural System
Conclusions: Thoughts on Change
Glossary of Terms Used
List of theNaa PhaatRepertoire Used in the
The Deities of Thai Court Performance
Thai Instruments Mentioned in the Text
CD Contents
Guide to Commercial Recordings
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ISBN: 9780226905853
ISBN-10: 0226905853
Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Audience: Professional
Format: Book with Other Items
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 15th August 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 2