This richly illustrated, full-colour volume offers an innovative study of the long, painted scrolls of Northeast Thailand and Laos that depict the Prince Vessantara Buddhist birth story. A 31-metre scroll in the Asian Civilisations Museum provides the focus for this popular narrative, with comparative illustrations from other scrolls giving contrastive details. The authors analyse these scrolls in the context of the Bun Phra Wet – the Thai-Lao and Lao ceremony in which they are used - and consider the complex interplay of text, art, ritual, and belief which occur in these performances.
Publications by Dr James Mitchell
1. * Mitchell, James 2012 ‘The quest for soft power supremacy: Chinese and Japanese cultural currency in the Thai popular music scene', in Lam Peng Er & Teo, Victor (Eds) Southeast Asia between China and Japan , Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 195-216 (8,373 words)
2. * Mitchell, James 2011c ‘Red and yellow songs: a historical analysis of the use of music by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in Thailand', South East Asia Research , v19n3, 569-606 (12,871 words) Download
3. * Mitchell, James 2011b ‘Khon ban diaokan or ‘we're from the same village' - star/fan interaction in Thai lukthung ', Perfect Beat , v12n1, 69-89 (7,494 words) Download
4. * Mitchell, James 2011a ‘Review article: Waeng Phalangwan - A Lao-Isan perspective on Thai lukthung ', Journal of Lao Studies , v2n1, 66-96 (10,046 words) Download
5. * Mitchell, James 2009b ‘Thai television and pleeng luuk tung : The role of television in the Isan cultural revival', Perfect Beat , v10n1, 79-99 (8,014 words)Download
6. * Mitchell, James 2009a ‘Sorapet Pinyoo and the status of pleeng luuk tung' , Journal of Southeast Asian Studies , v40n2 , 295-321 (12,084 words) Download