Yuan Phai, the Defeat of Lanna: A Fifteenth-Century Thai Epic Poem


Yuan Phai, the Defeat of Lanna: A Fifteenth-Century Thai Epic Poem, translated and edited by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit, Silkworm Books, janvier 2017

Yuan Phai, the Defeat of Lanna, may be the oldest work of literature from Siam, most likely written after a battle fought in approximately 1475. The poem recounts many details of fifteenth-century events not found elsewhere. It has the earliest and most detailed description of a Siamese army, the most elaborate eulogy of an early Thai monarch, and a fascinating discussion of the concept of loyalty. The scenes of personal treachery, quiet heroism, bloody combat, and looting after victory give an absorbing image of early Siam and its ethos.

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Voices 2016 (2) : Global modernity and the (re-)emergence of ghosts


La deuxième livraison pour 2016 de la revue Voices de l’Université de Cologne, revue en ligne et en libre accès, est un numéro spécial, “Global modernities and the (re-)emergence of ghosts” très largement consacré à l’Asie du Sud-Est.

Editeurs : Oliver Tappe, Andrea Hollington, Sinah Kloß, Tijo Salverda, Nina Schneider (Global South Studies Center)


Are ghosts modern? It seems that modernization and spirituality do not contradict each other in most parts of the world. Animist beliefs and ghost rituals often form part of people’s everyday lives vis-à-vis a globalized economy. For them, the unpredictable forces of ‘the market’ correspond with the elusive world of spectral entities. Facing economic risk, flexibility, and precarity, people address the ghosts for protection and luck. This issue of “Voices” will explore the interplay of economic and ritual practice, of everyday uncertainties and ghostly agency, of emerging modernities and (re-)emerging spiritualities.

A télécharger sur : http://voices.uni-koeln.de/2016-2/globalmodernitiesand

Table of contents :

  • Introduction by Oliver Tappe, Andrea Hollington, Sinah Kloß, Tijo Salverda, Nina Schneider (GSSC)
  • Spirits in Cambodian politics by Paul Christensen (University of Göttingen)
  • Ghosts can be people : physicality and spirits in Thailand’s Northeast by Andrew Alan Johnson (Princeton University)
  • Ghosts, modernities and transformations : a case study of Mahendipur Balaji by Karan Singh (Govt. College For Women, Mahendergarh, Haryana, India)
  • Ghosts in the Bangkok night by Edoardo Siani (SOAS, University of London)
  • Fansipan legend, Indochina summit : a spiritual landscape in the making by Kirsten W. Endres (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany)
  • Brâu ritual practices : performing culture, seeking solutions, and trying “more powerful bhuddhism” by Tran Hoai (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Germany)
  • Ghosts in Yogyakarta, Indonesia : reflections from a semi-urban field, a city in transition by Patrick Keilbart (University of Cologne)
  • The immeasurable debt to the dead : insights from Kmhmu spirits economies by Jean M. Langford (University of Minnesota)
  • Essai photographique : Learning “shamanistic healing” among the Lanten (Yao Mun) of Laos by Joseba Estevez (University of Münster)
  • The new way : protestantism and the Hmong in Vietnam by Tam T. T. Ngo (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Goettingen, Germany)
  • The song of the ghost in its bamboo craddle by Erik Mueggler ( University of Michigan) (avec enregistrement) (Yunnan)
  • Global and local : the locus of sorcery in Far East Java by Nicholas Herriman (La Trobe University)
  • On ghosts, jumbies, and phantasmagoric presences in Guyana by Marcelo Moura Mello (Federal University of Bahia)
  • Bombs and business : interactions with spirits in Laos by Oliver Tappe (GSSC, University of Cologne)
  • Don’t play with food : an anecdote on understanding spirit belief by Michael Kleinod (University of Bonn) (Katang, Laos) 
  • Breezes of contagious death in Nguyen Huy Thiep’s “Biggest prey” (1971) by Christophe Robert (CET Academic Programs, Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Fighting trailer (filmtrailer) by Barbara Meier (University of Münster) (Uganda)
  • Ghost movies in Southeast Asia and beyond by Peter J. Bräunlein (University of Göttingen)
  • To catch a nyus vais forest spirit with a cellphone by Pao Vue (University of Wisconsin-Madison) (Hmong)
  • An image of a child bedroom by Anthony Heathcote (Adelaide University) (Vietnam)
  • Ancient sound imprints by Hjorleifur Jonsson (Arizona State University) (Etats-Unis)
  • Blurred spirits, VHS aesthetics and nostalgic expectations in the trading zone of trance by Anja Dreschke, Martin Zillinger (University of Cologne) (Maroc)

Pusaka Collection : Online Museum of Indonesian ikat textiles


Pusaka Collection : Online Museum of Indonesian Ikat Textiles 

Curator Peter Ten Hoopen

Ikat textiles from the Indonesian Archipelago

An archipelago wide collection

The Pusaka Collection, a private non-profit creation, has a narrow focus on ikat textiles from Indonesia. Unlike most collections, generally based on a selection of stellar pieces from a limited number of different localities, the Pusaka Collection aims to show the region’s ikat culture as a whole, using antique and vintage examples made with traditional methods. It spans the entire arc of the Indonesian archipelago, from Sumatra in the west till the Moluccas in the east. In fact it reaches beyond Indonesia’s borders to include the Malaysian state of Serawak, and the Democratic Republic of East Timor.

The collection is modest in size, but comprises numerous rare treasures – such as one of the best preserved of only a dozen known ‘elephant patola‘, old birth sarongs from tiny Raijua, late 19th C silk and gold brocade heirlooms from Bangka, fragile double ikat geringsing from Bali, cloths from Borneo that radiate intensity, and old pieces from remote little islands such as Alor, Kisar, Lembata, Ndao, Pantar, Semau, Solor, and Seram.

The collection is presented island by island, but you may also browse around at random, using the Gallery or the rapid access points above, including the addictive [RANDOM]. For those unfamiliar with ikat textiles, we recommend the menu option ‘What is ikat?‘ To understand the values and aims that shape this collection, read the page on Collecting Philosophy.

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Ikat Textiles from the Indonesian Archipelago

Ikat Textiles from the Indonesian Archipelago

An archipelago-wide collection

Ikat Textiles from the Indonesian Archipelago

An archipelago-wide collection

Play on ontologies – Beetle contests in Thailand

Beetle Market. (Photo: Stéphane Rennesson)
Beetle Market. (Photo: Stéphane Rennesson)

Play on ontologies – Beetle contests in Thailand by Stephane Rennesson, 16/12/2016, Societies and environments in Southeast Asia

Societies and environments in Southeast Asia : Cosmic orders, knowledge systems and social relations

This IRASEC research blog discuss the relationship between societies and the natural environment in the Southeast Asian region. The sociological approach explores the forms that connect social and cosmic orders within an hindo-buddhist context. We will consider contemporary socio-political challenges in regard to climate change, development practices and technical knowledge.

Play on ontologies – Beetle contests in Thailand

Anthropology has been recently shaken by a so-called “ontological turn” that amends the central idea of sociocultural perspective of “one world, many worldviews” to invest the networking and the articulation of multiple worlds!  Drawing on my ethnography of uncanny games in which animals are the cornerstone, I would like to show that this alternative approach can give groundbreaking understandings of the relation Southeast Asian societies build with their environment, the new worlds they elaborate from within their milieu should I say in order to explicit the kind of methodological shift I advocate on the basis of pioneer works the like of Philippe Descola’s. As we shall see, his hypothetico-deductive apparatus can prove very valuable when it comes to specify that animals can act along human agents to participate to a community, a localized nature.

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Au Laos, le 7e art sort de l’obscurité

Le documentaire vietnamien « Finding Phong », de Tran Phuong Thao, présenté à Luang Prabang, devrait sortir en France. DR
Le documentaire vietnamien « Finding Phong », de Tran Phuong Thao, présenté à Luang Prabang, devrait sortir en France. DR

Au Laos, le 7e art sort de l’obscurité par Eléonore Sok-Halkovich, 20/12/2016, M le magazine du Monde

Voir : http://www.lemonde.fr/m-moyen-format/article/2016/12/20/au-laos-le-7e-art-sort-de-l-obscurite_5051606_4497271.html

Dans un pays où le petit écran a supplanté le grand, le Festival du film de Luang Prabang, qui s’est tenu début décembre, est l’occasion pour les Laotiens de découvrir le cinéma de la région.

Pour sa septième édition, l’unique festival consacré au cinéma d’Asie du Sud-Est a diffusé trente-deux films en présence de vingt et un de leurs auteurs. Un pari osé dans une ville qui ne compte même pas une salle de cinéma ! Continuer la lecture de Au Laos, le 7e art sort de l’obscurité

Malaysia’s Federal Court rules against Dayaks on Native Customary Rights

Miring ceremony during the appeal hearing
Miring ceremony during the appeal hearing

Malaysia’s Federal Court rules against Dayaks on Native Customary Rights by Annette Gartland, 21/12/2016, Changing Times

In a pivotal judgement, Malaysia’s Federal Court has ruled that the Native Customary Rights (NCR) of the indigenous Dayak people apply only to a limited area of farmland and not to the forest areas around their traditional longhouses.

The ruling will have major repercussions for all current and future native title cases in the country.

The Dayaks say they have customary rights over the “territorial domain” around their longhouses, including primary forest within that domain, which is usually owned by the community.

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Brotherhood – The Drug War in Philippines

“Salvaged” drug related suspects at the official police morgue,1994. From the award winning photo book, Brotherhood by Alex Baluyut and Gemma Luz Corotan. published by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. © Alex Baluyut photograph.

Brotherhood – The Drug War in Philippines by Alex Baluyut, 16/07/2016, Invisible Photographer Asia

Voir : http://invisiblephotographer.asia/2016/07/16/alexbaluyut-brotherhood/


In 1994, I received a grant from the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) to shoot a documentary on the Manila Police. I focused on the Western Police District Headquarters (WPD) as it is the premier police station located in the tourist district in a sprawling metropolis with millions of inhabitants.

The resulting photo book, titled Brotherhood, ultimately garnered me a second national book award along with Gemma Luz Corotan who wrote the text.

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Journal of Burma Studies, vol. 20, no. 2 (december 2016)


Journal of Burma Studies, vol. 20, no. 2 (december 2016)

Site : https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/34237

Table of contents

Editor’s note by Alicia Turner, Lilian Handlin

Yesterday Once More: Tracking (un)Popular Music in Contemporary Myanmar by Jane M. Ferguson

A Lacquered History of the Kings of Pagan from an Illustrated Glass Palace Chronicle by Sylvia Fraser-Lu

“Burmanization” and the Impact of J.S. Furnivall’s Views on National Identity in Late-Colonial Burma by Carol Ann Boshier

A Buddha Image for Exorcism by Richard M. Cooler

Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 5, no. 3 (december 2016)


Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 5, no. 3 (december 2016)

Revue en ligne et en libre accès

Site : https://englishkyoto-seas.org/

Table of contents :

Special Focus

Global Powers and Local Resources in Southeast Asia:
Political and Social Dynamics of Foreign Investment Ventures
Guest Editor: Morishita Akiko

  • Introduction by Morishita Akiko
  • Economic Development via Dam Building: The Role of the State Government in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy and the Impact on Environment and Local Communities by Andrew Aeria
  • Political Dynamics of Foreign-Invested Development Projects in Decentralized Indonesia: The Case of Coal Railway Projects in Kalimantan by Morishita Akiko
  • Rare Earth Plant in Malaysia: Governance, Green Politics, and Geopolitics by Kai Lit Phua


  • When Memory Speaks: Transnational Remembrances in Vietnam War Literature by Quan Manh Ha
  • The Case of Regional Disaster Management Cooperation in ASEAN: A Constructivist Approach to Understanding How International Norms Travel by Muhammad Rum
  • Highland Chiefs and Regional Networks in Mainland Southeast Asia: Mien Perspectives by Le Jiem Tsan, Richard D. Cushman, and Hjorleifur Jonsson

Book Reviews

Islam and Christianity in Southeast Asia 1600-1700

Islam and Christianity in Southeast Asia 1600-1700 (22 december 2016) by BarbaraWatson Andaya, ISEAS Working Paper 2016  no.3

“The population of contemporary Southeast Asia is around 618 million, spread across eleven countries. An estimated 40 percent are Muslim, and 21 percent Christian. Although there are Muslim and Christian minorities in mainland Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam), it is in the island areas (Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei and Timor Loro Sae) where Christianity and Islam are most strongly established.The seventeenth century was decisive in these developments, for it was during this period that Islam consolidated its hold over most of modern Malaysia, Brunei, the southern Philippines and Indonesia (the world’s most populous Muslim country). At the same time, Christianity established an impregnable position in the Philippines, where today 93 percent of the population is Christian (notably Roman Catholic), with tiny Timor Loro Sae a distant second.”

PDF à télécharger sur : https://iseas.edu.sg/articles-commentaries/iseas-working-papers

Old Javanese copper charters in the British Library

Floral motifs marking the end of the text of the Sobhāmṛta inscription. British Library, MSS Jav 106, f. 5v
Floral motifs marking the end of the text of the Sobhāmṛta inscription. British Library, MSS Jav 106, f. 5v

Old Javanese copper charters in the British Library by Annabel Teh Gallop, 20/12/2016, Asian and African Studies Blog, British Library

The British Library holds three separate copper charters in Old Javanese, all of which have now been digitised.  The two charters held as Ind. Ch. 57, both incomplete, relate to a man named Ugra in a village called Pabuharan. Although undated, there are textual indications that these charters may date from the 9th century. The plate which can properly be termed the ‘Pabuharan inscription’ (Prasasti Pabuharan), Ind. Ch. 57 (B), records a grant of the attributes of the Brahman-order and Kṣatriya-order by the king to Ugra’s children named Dyah Kataywat and Dyah Nariyama in the domain (sima) of Pabuharan.  On this occasion several ceremonial gifts of cloth and gold were presented to various officials, and are listed in the inscription.

The accompanying plate, Ind Ch 57 (A), records the making of a canal in the lěmah asinan of Pabuharan by Ugra, who is described as a a teacher, with some rights and regulations to be maintained for it.

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Indonesia’s Growing Islamist Populism


“Indonesia’s Growing Islamist Populism” by Marcus Mietzner, Devin T. Stewart, 19/12/2016, Asia Dialogues, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

DEVIN STEWART: You are in New York City this week talking about the general situation in Indonesian politics. Can you give us a sense of the state of Indonesian politics today and where it is headed as we move toward the 2019 elections?

MARCUS MIETZNER: Yes. There are two rather contradictory trends that we have seen in Indonesian politics this year. On the one hand, President Jokowi [Joko Widodo] has consolidated power after what was widely considered a disastrous first year in office. He became president in October 2014. He struggled really heavily in the first year. He was isolated from his own political party. He had a minority government, only 37 percent support in Parliament. He had one scandal after another…

However, since around September/October, we have seen an additional development, and that was the reintroduction of popular mobilization as an instrument of power play in Indonesia. That is something we really have not seen since 1998, when longtime dictator Suharto fell. Since then, the focus of Indonesian political analysis has been on the state institutions—who is controlling the Parliament; who is controlling the parties; who is winning elections; who is controlling the oligarchy. All of that was important so far, and we have neglected in that analysis what is happening in terms of popular mobilization.

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UNESCO recognises Worship of Mother Goddesses in Vietnam


“UNESCO recognises Worship of Mother Goddesses”, 02/12/2016, Viet Nam News

The ancient Vietnamese tradition of worshipping Mother Goddesses has been recognised as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The recognition will motivate the Vietnamese people and its cultural mandarins to preserve and promote the tradition, said, Phạm Sanh Châu, Secretary General of Việt Nam National Commission for UNESCO, losing no time in sharing the good news on his Facebook page.

Châu led a Vietnamese delegation to submit the dossier on Worshipping the Mother Goddesses at the 11th Conference of the Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The meeting took place at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from November 28 to December 3.

The dossier indicated that the tradition satisfies all criteria for the recognition. It has been passed through generations, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, and it provides communities and groups involved with ‘a sense of identity and continuity’.

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Team digs into Cambodia’s “dark ages”


“Team digs into Cambodia’s ‘dark ages'” by Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon, 16/12/2016, The Phnom Penh Post

A team of archaeologists hope the discovery of a bronze foundry near the ancient site of Longvek will yield information about an era thought to be lost to history.

A footnote, a hunch and a land development project near Boeung Samrith led to the discovery this month of an ancient bronze foundry that served Cambodia’s 16th-century kings at Longvek.

The find in Kampong Chhnang province could yield insight into Cambodia’s Middle Period, the era between the fall of Angkor and the beginning of the French protectorate often called the “dark ages” because few records of it exist.

The discovery culminates a two-year search by a team of researchers led by Dr Martin Polkinghorne of Flinders University in Australia, whose first hint came from a footnote in the Cambodian Royal Chronicles, which were compiled centuries after the foundry’s existence.

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Art Fair Philippines 2017


Art Fair Philippines 2017, 16-19 february 2017, 5F / 6F / 7F Roofdeck, The Link Carpark, Ayala Center, Makati City

Founded in 2013, Art Fair Philippines is the premier platform for exhibiting and selling the best in modern and contemporary Philippine visual art. The fair aims to mirror the vibrant local art scene and continue to generate support for Filipino art practitioners. Set in an alternative urban venue, Art Fair Philippines makes art accessible to enthusiasts and to those who want to discover one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting art landscapes.

Exhibitors : http://artfairphilippines.com/en/exhibitors/

En cliquant sur l’image au-dessus du nom de la  galerie, vous obtenez la liste des artistes qu’elle présente et en cliquant sur l’oeuvre de chaque artiste, vous obtenez un texte de présentation de cet artiste et des reproductions de ses oeuvres.