Rehearsals to draw and transport sacred water for the May coronation ceremony took place on Thursday across the nation.
A rehearsal of the gathering of sacred water from 126 sources across 76 provinces and Bangkok took place today, with the real process to take place on Saturday. A consecration ceremony for the water will then take place on April 18 at Wat Suthat in Bangkok, before the water is transported to the Emerald Buddha Temple next to the grand palace the next day.
In Bangkok, governor Aswin Kwanmuang rehearsed transporting sacred water for ablution by car along a specific route to the grand palace.
According to a book entitled “The Royal Coronation Ceremony” published by the Culture Ministry in 2018, drawing sacred water for ablution is the first step in preparations for the royal coronation ceremony, which will take place from May 4-6.
via The Nation, 26 January 2018: As Thailand takes chair of ASEAN this year, it plans to promote Khon dance (which was listed as a form of Intangible Cultural Heritage and with the Cambodian version) through a series of performances and seminars.
Now that Thailand has the rest of Southeast Asia’s attention, it’s preparing to show off
Source: In year of khon, shall we dance?
via Reuters in the Bangkok Post, 04 Jan 2019: The listing of the Khon dances of Cambodia and Thailand are welcome, but the tradition still is in danger of dying out if new generations do not learn the craft.
Cambodia’s centuries-old tradition of masked dance was nearly wiped out by the Khmer Rouge’s “Killing Fields” regime, but a handful of artists managed to keep it alive and are now working to pass it along to a new generation.
Sun Rithy’s father and grandfather were both performers of the Lakhon Khol masked dance, but the ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge — who scorned most art as decadent — banned its study when he was a child in the 1970s.
Now 48, Sun Rithy leads one of the last Lakhon Khol troupes in Cambodia, made up of about 20 performers and students aged six to 15. For him, teaching a new generation is a matter of survival for the tradition.
“I don’t want Lakhon Khol … to go extinct,” Sun Rithy told Reuters.
Lakhon Khol was recently listed by Unesco, the United Nations’ cultural agency, as intangible cultural heritage, along with neighbouring Thailand’s version of the dance, known as khon.
via The Malaysian Insight, 28 August 2018: Orang Asli (the original native peoples of Malaysia) in Kelantan lose a legal battle over recognition of traditional land rights, which will pave the way for logging and the destruction of the Orang Asli’s source of food.
As the nation counts down to Merdeka, the Orang Asli in Gua Musang do not feel like they are equal citizens despite being the oldest residents of the land that is now called Malaysia.
This is because their claims to tribal lands that they have used for generations are still not recognised by the Kelantan government.
Yesterday, they were dealt another blow to that fight for their rights when the blockades they erected to protect their land claims were destroyed by state government agencies.
After being up for close to eight months, the barricades they built and maintained were dismantled as they watched on with silent tears and heavy hearts.
Now, there is nothing to prevent plantations companies and loggers from entering and further destroying the communal jungles they have depended on for generations for sustenance.
via Phnom Penh Post, 3 July 2017: A new book on the Cambodian martial art Bokator has been published, highlighting its historical significance after its near eradication.
As Cambodia awaits Unesco’s verdict on Angkor-era bokator getting its due as a World Heritage tangible asset of humanity, a new book on the martial art was released three days ago to enhance its historic, cultural and social impact on the Kingdom’s way of life.
Something for you ceramicists – a feature about how traditional ceramics makers in Myanmar are struggling against the influx of plastic and metal vessels from the opening of the economy.
Myanmar’s once-thriving clay pot industry struggles amid rapid changes, modernization
Fox News, 16 September 2014
In this edition of Rojak, we take a look at some of the cultural and archaeological heritage of Malaysia and Indonesia:
- The Treasure of Java is a collection of links and information about Javanese heritage and history.
- Raja Iskandar heads up to the heartland of Perak to learn about the gendang (a Malay drum), and its use in royal court music.
- And in this slightly dated post, Tesselar brings us to the Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum.
In this series of weekly rojaks (published on Wednesdays) Iâ€™ll feature other sites in the blogosphere that are related to Southeast Asia and archaeology in general. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!