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Title: The Dragon Worships the Buddha: Liminality, Community, Centre and Periphery in a Borderland
Keywords: Naga,Fireballs,Liminality,Community,Periphery,Borderland
Issue Date: 28-Dec-2011
Source: JAY CHEONG HAN WEN (2011-12-28). The Dragon Worships the Buddha: Liminality, Community, Centre and Periphery in a Borderland. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The sheer ¿ethnographic richness¿ of the naga fireballs had attracted my scholastic curiosity. Inspired by the successful movie ¿Mekong Full Moon Party¿ where issues of strange fireballs were witnessed ¿rising¿ from the middle of the Mekong River at several locations at the end of the Buddhist Lent Period, I was keen to explore more about certain conceptions of ¿community¿, ¿liminality and mobilities¿ as well as ¿centre and periphery¿ issues that are characteristic of borderland studies. My study is a brief ethnographic write-up of the lives behind these fireballs. I attempt to illuminate the every-day happenings, the perspectives of the locals of Phon Phisai, the communal politics, the ideas that flow from place to place, and the flexibility of identities vis-à-vis charting a middle ground between three categories of theoretical considerations.
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