Russell, Susan D.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Anthropology
Spirits; Rites and ceremonies--Thailand; Northeastern; Thailand; Northeastern--Religious life and customs; Thailand; Northeastern--Religion
Spirit intermediaries, as opposed to spirit mediums, are a critical part of ritual practice in northeast Thailand, yet their significance has rarely been acknowledged by anthropologists. This thesis provides an in-depth description of how spirit intermediaries take precedence in the cult of the guardian spirits in the fishing village of Pakyam and relates the uniqueness of ritual practice in this settlement to gendered political and economic roles as well as ethnic and occupational heterogeneity. The historical transcendence of two guardian spirits in this village illustrates the way in which local ritual practice responds flexibly to changing political, ethnic, and economic circumstances over time.
Vallibhotama, Arpapirat, "Spirit intermediaries in northeast Thailand : an investigation of changing ritual roles" (1999). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 5022.
x, 117 pages
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