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Modern Charade Art Exhibition

by Jittagarn Kaewtinkoy

 

In the context of Thai society, it is certain that religion is highly valued and given tremendous significance. In fact, the relationship between state and religion is so close to being inseparable. Regardless of how many decades have passed, it develops deeply rooted myths that continue to control Thai society under the systematic power management of the state.

 

The truth is, if we look back and study history in depth, we will discover that in fact, the beliefs and traditions of the people who lived in this country were initially “Ghost Religion” (animism), or it could be called mystical and supernatural worship.

 

Later, by reinventing and redefining religious interpretations, the ruling elite established an ideal state. There is a strong moral framework, as well as customary and artificial rituals. That was the invention of the Buddhist land’s Likay theater, where rocks and bricks are sacred, and people are taught to worship these objects as gods that transcend human freedom and exert pressure on individuals and society. In contrast to the modern world, which values human liberty and rights.

 

And, despite the passing of decades, these myths remain profoundly rooted in Thai culture. Hard to dismantle.

 

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