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Lao influence on Northern Thai Buddhist Literature


Introduction


In Southeast Asian Buddhist Studies Lao religious literature has generally been ignored in  comparison to the literature of Northern Thailand. When referred to, much of Lao religious literature is seen as a derivative of Northern Thai literature. This view of Lao Buddhist literature as secondary and derivative reveals a tendency in Buddhist Studies to privilege Pali as superior to the vernacular.

It also privileges the literature of the sixteenth century to the nineteenth century. Finally, it fails to see the ways in which manuscripts traveled between these two regions before modern borders were established and modern education and administration systems eroded this intimately connected Buddhist episteme. In order to understand the history of development of Buddhist learning in the region we must examine the relationship between Lao and Northern Thai literature and recognize the way the former has influenced the latter. This will hopefully encourage future scholars to compare the texts they study in Chiang Mai, Phrae, Lampang, Nan, etc. to those of Luang Phrabang and Vientiane.

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