SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol 15, No 3 (2015)

The Jākatas in Narratives and Buddhist Art in Lao Culture

Pisit Kobbun




Abstract


The Jākatas have no little importance in the Laos’ cultural way. This article is aimed at the roles and significance of the Jākatas in the way of life of the Laos as apparent in narratives and Buddhist arts. The study reveals that the Jākatas, or stories of the Bodhisattva play important roles and are prevalent in Lao culture. The prominent characteristics of the Jākatas in Lao art is the simple style of presenting Buddhist art, the adaptation of the stories to be compatible to life, ideas and beliefs as well as way of living. Buddhist art in Lao culture is aimed to present spiritual messages about karma and doing good through the Buddhist art that can be perceived through the sense organs and thoroughly reach people, reflecting the wisdom, to represent the identity of the people in Lao culture in respect of society, life, and Buddhist ideas and beliefs.

Keywords: Jākata; Buddhist art; Lao culture

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