The fragrance of the frangipani : an analysis of the calendrical rites and buddhist practices of Luang Prabang
This thesis examines how and why the calendrical rites once associated with the king in Luang Prabang, Laos, have been preserved under the socialist and post-socialist regimes, well after the departure of the king. It investigates the memories and experiences of original townsfolk who are the main preservers of the traditions, in order to understand what meanings the rituals hold for them as they continue to maintain the traditions to a great extent. The thesis also explores changes in the...[Show more]
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