Journal of Urban Culture Research

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The objectives of this research were to study the Mamuat healing ritual and to compile data on its accompanying music from a case study of the Kraisornpattana Village in the Bua Chet District of Surin Province in Northeastern Thailand. The qualitative research method of participant observation and interviews were utilized. This study found the Mamuat ritual is comprised of four principal steps: An introductory Wai Khru (paying homage), Yiap Rong (spiritual invitation), Khao Song Mamuat (trance) and La Rong or Sapadarn (closing). Music plays important roles as an intermediary in the communication between human beings and spirits while unifying the ritual. In contemporary urban society and culture the Mamuat healing ritual continues to peacefully coexist to this day.



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