Music permeates our lives in a multitude of ways, and many believe it is a gateway to the supernatural. However, it is much more than that. Music can reveal history, culture, religion, and politics. Eric Jones sits down with Andrew Shahriari (School of Music, Kent State University) and Chamni Sripraram (NIU, Thai Cultural and Fine Arts Institute of Chicago) to discuss how music in Thailand is a gateway to its cultural traditions.
Please find below a link to “Lanna Traditions: Music and Dance of North Thailand” in addition to questions that can be used to inspire discussion and writing.
- What was the Lanna kingdom, and what is its significance in Thai history?
- What were the cultural and economic ramifications of the opening of the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center?
- What might one experience during spirit dance rituals?
- Discuss trance versus possession.
- For what occasion--and in what manner--was the instrument phin pia traditionally used?
- Why was use of the instrument discouraged during 1930-40s in Thailand?
- How was the phin pia saved from extinction and its status restored as the symbol of Lanna music?
See more teacher resource installments that correspond to insightful conversations with Southeast Asian experts, writers, artists and musicians recorded at NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies.