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Pattranupravat, Ruenkaew (2008) Globalization and Change of Chinese Shrines in Samutsongkhram Province. University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce Journal, 28 (3). ISSN 0125-2437

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Abstract

This article is a part of the research entitled "The Continuity and Change of Chinese Shrines in Samutsongkhram Province," focusing on 23 Chinese Shrines registered under the Department of Local Administration, Ministry of Interior. Among the 23 Chinese Shrines, 4 of them were chosen for an in-depth study. The research methodology is qualitative with emphasis on the following techniques: participant observation, semistructured interview and focus group. This article aims to obtain an overall picture of the Chinese Shrines in Samutsongkhram Province, concerning their numbers and settings, their roles in the community, and the changes taken place to these shrines due to changes in economy, society, and cultures. In terms of the roles of the Chinese Shrines in the community, the findings reveal that they can help preserve the ethnic Chinese identity of people living in the community. Moreover, they are still considered as the places of spiritual comfort, the places which house the sacred images of gods worshiped by the Chinese, the places for religious rituals and social events, the Clan Shrines, and the places for Chinese arts and cultural studies. The changes taken place to these Chinese Shrines in Samutsongkhram Province are closely related to the changes in the countryûs economy, society, and culture. This can be seen in some of the traditional rituals which have been adjusted to suit the modern society, while some, unfortunately, have died out. The shrinesû architectural design and construction are also affected. Besides, changes can also be observed through the shrinesû management and administrative systems, their roles as the community center for the Chinese, the communityûs participation in the activities organized at the shrines, and the conservation of Chinese arts and cultures, i.e. Chinese opera (Ngiu), and language use. Based on these findings, some recommendations are offered on how to conserve and develop the Chinese Shrines in Samutsongkhram Province. For example, the shrinesû physical appearance should be well maintained. The Shrines should organize religious rituals and other festivals every year. The shrinesû historical accounts and important religious rituals should be documented. The government should provide more financial support and personnel so the religious rituals and other cultural activities can be appropriately organized.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: General Works > Journals
Social Sciences > Social Groups and Organizations
Divisions: UTCC Journal Editorial Office
Depositing User: Sirichai Jintaviriyasakoon
Date Deposited: 07 May 2014 11:52
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 11:52
URI: http://eprints.utcc.ac.th/id/eprint/652

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