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‘Animism in the Arts of Southeast Asia’
7 August, 2019
The region of Southeast Asia share varied belief systems of Animism, which are maintained and integrated with religions of today. Over the past two decades concepts related to Animism have evolved. These concepts have moved from colonial perspectives, beyond the disciplinary boundaries of religion and anthropology, and are now widely used in the humanities and social sciences. Animism encompasses the belief that objects, sacred places, animals and natural phenomena possess a distinct spiritual essence. Such beliefs continue to be a crucial force in the religious lives of Southeast Asians and provide significant inspiration for various art forms within the region.
This seminar aims to uncover the significance of a shared belief system of Animism in the creation of various art forms in Southeast Asia.
Associate Professor Chedha Tingsanchali of Silpakorn University will be giving an on-site lecture at the Bangkok National Museum. He will guide you through and discuss the animistic origins and practices of particular objects on display in the permanent collection of the Museum. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so please register.
The objectives of the event are to:
- Share the beliefs, traditions and arts related to Animism in Southeast Asia that have produced artistic inspirations;
- Review the studies relating to Animism in the arts of Southeast Asia;
- Provide a platform for knowledge sharing and discussion.