Thai Classics Go Pop: A Look at Three Traditional Stories That Appear in Contemporary Thai Popular Culture

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Dale Konstanz

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             Although Thailand is greatly influenced by other cultures both historically and due to globalization, traditional aspects of Thai culture still remain today. Classic Thai literature, often stemming from folklore, continues to inspire fine artists, filmmakers, TV scriptwriters, comic book artists and producers of decorative objects in this kingdom once known as Siam. The literary texts are often reinterpreted and adapted for today's Thai audiences, and at times, individual characters appear outside their original contexts. Perhaps the most popular stories that continue to influence Thai popular culture are Sang Thong, Khun Chang Khun Phaen, and Phra Aphai Mani. By examining these works and how they are represented today, Thai values and attitudes can be better understood.

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บทความ : International