What is it about?

Thailand and Laos have similar cultures and are both Theravada Buddhist states. However, they struggled and negotiated for political control. This article intends to demonstrate how they contended for political ideology and Buddhist culture. What is the impact on ethnic groups?

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Why is it important?

This article explores political and socio-cultural strategies for the adaptation of ethnic groups in Southern Laos (Champasak) from the traditional state to the modern era. This will have implications for understanding the relationship between the state, Buddhism, and ethnicity in Thailand and Laos.


I hope this article helps people learn about the cultures and ethnic groups that found the Buddha image, which is a political symbol between Siam and Champasak (Southern Laos). They might be forgotten and lost to view as time goes on. But the essay shows how they appear now and how they live.

ฺKiattisak Bangperng
Mahasarakham University

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This page is a summary of: The Dynamics of Kha Phra Kaeo Identity in the Context of Thai-Lao History and Politics, Manusya Journal of Humanities, December 2022, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/26659077-25010020.
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