Tourism and the transformation of ritual practice with sand pagodas in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand

Ploysri Porananond
  • Tourism Review, August 2015, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/tr-07-2013-0040

Tourism and the Transformation of Ritual Practice with Sand Pagoda in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.

What is it about?

This study aims to examine the transformation process in traditional beliefs and practices in the use of sand in the Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. It is found that the transformation process in the traditional beliefs and practices surrounding the construction of sand pagodas in the Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, is a result of the influence of tourism, the development of a market economy and the accompanying commoditisation process and secularisation and the decline of Buddhism in the local communities in Chiang Mai.

Why is it important?

This is the first study which focuses on the transformation of practices surrounding sand pagodas in the Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai, in relation to the promotion of tourism, processes of commoditisation and the declining importance of Buddhism.


Ploysri Porananond
Chiang Mai University

This study reflects the power of tourism promotion to the change of ritual practice of Lanna traditional culture in Chiang Mai, the former center of Lanna Kingdom

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