Vientiane Laos Ethnic identity and Intracultural communication of Temple in Amphoe Photharam, Changwat Ratchaburi


  • วนิดา ตรีสวัสดิ์


Communication, Identity, Ethnic, Temples, Vientiane Laos migrants


This research has aims to investigate the intracultural communication of temples
on the Vientiane Lao ethnic identity in Photharam, Ratchaburi, and initiate a guideline to
conserve Ethnic Identity of those people through temples in Photharam, Ratchaburi.
The research is qualitative study of 70 temples, conducted by using In-Depth Interview
with key persons such as local intellectuals, Vientiane Lao leader, abbot, together with
Documentary Survey, Temples Survey, and Non-Participant Observation on the temple art
and architecture, as well as social and cultural activities and rites that have been
organized in the temples. The findings reveal that the origin of Vientiane Laos Ethnic
group living in Photharam are descended from their ancestors who fled from war,
migrated from Vientiane to Thailand. They established temples as focal point of contact to
bond the community. The temples can form tangible representations of the identity of
the group, for instance, the main hall of Wat Kampangnue, Vientiane Lao’s art and cultural
heritage of Wat Boad, etc. Intracultural communication on their identity can be made
through religious rites, such as Blessing Ceremony for Pre-Ordination in which is performing
in Lao language, the belief in the existence of their ancestors’ spirits. Additionally, the
faith in Buddhism can be also strongly reflected from their ceremonies, such as Bun Koa
Ji on Lunar day, Flowers Parading Festival on the day after Songkran, Removing the Rice
Wraps Ceremony, etc. For the guideline to conserve the identity of the ethnic group are
that using faith and belief in Buddhism where they can gather and keep performing
religious rites from generation to generation, and formulating positive relationship among the
community members and the temples, additionally, conserving material objects in temples
that reflect Vientiane Lao ethnic identity for their future generations to learn and be proud
to inherit.


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ตรีสวัสดิ์ ว. (2019). Vientiane Laos Ethnic identity and Intracultural communication of Temple in Amphoe Photharam, Changwat Ratchaburi. Research and Development Journal Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, 9(1 SUP), 11. Retrieved from