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Rabam Pasarnsil Thin Ratchaburi (Ratchaburi Combination Local Dances)

Assistant Professor Arporn Sunthornwat (Initiator)

     The history of Ratchaburi dates back to the Thawarawadee period, and the city continued to thrive through the Lopburi, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Dhonburi, and Rattanakosin periods until the present. The people of Ratchaburi have lived happily under the Thai kings and many tribal immlgrants who were suffering in their home countries have migrated to Ratchaburi. These various tribes mingled with Thais and became Thai themseives as generations passed. The main tribes found in Ratchaburi are : Soeng, Mon, Lao-tee, Khmer, Yuan, Karen, and Chinese tribal groups. These people are still proud of their traditional cultures.

Thai-puen-tin Dance

     “Thai-puen-tin ” is the grop of Thai people who still maintain their traditional ways of living in Ban Poe-hak community in Bangpae district of Rachaburi. They have preserved the original tradtions and wood weaving to make different kinds of containers to use in everyday life.

Soeng Dance

     “Soeng Dance” developed from Loogchuang playing of Soeng yong men and women during the Songkran festival. While performing, all dancers wear Soeng traditional costumes and illustrate a game played by the local people which is the uniqueness of the Thai Song.

Mon Dance

     “Mon Dance” is a kind of dance with unique custumes and a particular style of dancing. The dance is very elegant and is performed to welcome government officials and is also performed on various occasions such as at funerals , celebrations and during the Songkran festival. Nowadays, the Mon dance still uses Mon’s traditional songs.

Lao-Wiang Dance

     “Lao-Wiang Dance” is the performance of the Thai-lao who immigrated from wientien. The Lao-Wiang performance shoes the dancing movement and traditional costumes. While dancing the dancers carry yellow flowers, “Dok-koon”, which come from the local area of Lao-Wiang.

Thai-Khmer Dance

     “The Thai-Khmer” are the group of people immigrated from Siamraj City. The majority of Thai Khmer live in Photharam and Wat Pleng. They have their own style of dancing and clothing which are similar to the Sourth Isaan, South Northeastern of Thailand, people.

Thai-Yuan Dance

     “Thai-Yuan Dance” is the dance showing the arts of Thai-Yuan hand weaving. The Thai-Yuan moved from the land of Yonok which was in the north of Thailand. The dancers put on traditional hand woven costumes. The Thai-Yuan now live in Kubua and Donrae in Muang district, and at Rangbua in Chom bung district.

Karen Dance

     “Karen Dance” is performed by the Karen people in Suan Phung district. The song for dancing is called “Kong Kong Kuay” which mimics the cry of a wid bird calling for its mate. The cry is rather sad and lonely.

Chinese Dance

     “Chinese Dance” The Chinese and Thai have had a long relationship. The Chinese immigrated from the mainland of China to different provinces in Thailand including Rachaburi. They have their own style of Chinese dancing or “Ngiew” The dancers carry lamps while they were dancing because they believe that the lamps are for auspicious occasions.

Translated by Dr.Kongkarn Wisedsook
A Qualified Committee The Office of Arts and Culture
Muban Chom Bueng University

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