Buddhist Storytelling in Thailand and Laos: The Vessantara Jataka Scroll and the Asian Civilisations Museum

Hardback: $30.00
ISBN-13: 9789810724788
Published: October 2013

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1163 pages | color illus.
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  • About the Book
  • This richly illustrated, full-colour volume offers an innovative study of the long, painted scrolls of Northeast Thailand and Laos that depictthe Prince Vessantara Buddhist birth story. A 31-metre scroll in the Asian Civilisations Museum provides the focus for this popular narrative. The scroll is reproduced in its entirety, with comparative illustrations from other scrolls. The authors analyze 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.

  • About the Author(s)
    • H. Leedom Lefferts, Author

    • Sandra Cate, Author

    • Wajuppa Tossa, Author