One of the leading proponents of Sinxay in Southeast Asia is Songwit Pimpakun, Assistant Professor at Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Khon Kaen University. It is clear that he not only looks at Sinxay from an keen academic perspective, but is passionate about promoting Sinxay the best he can. And we agree 100% that Sinxay, indeed, is an epic of ALL Southeast Asia. Not just Laos, Not just Thailand (Isan), or Cambodia. It’s a shared literary masterpiece, plain and simple.
Songwit recently posted some excellent videos on his Facebook Page about the Sinxay murals at Wat Chaisi and we asked Songwit if he couldalso put them up on YouTube so we could share them on our Sinxay website. Thankfully he responded quickly and here is the first video he posted. He writes about the video,
Sinxay is a great epic of ancient Southeast Asia (those countries whose main belief is Theravada Buddhism). Like those invaluable ancient epics, Sinxay has remained significant to the eyes of people–from generation to generation. In this modern era, Sinxay is not only a source of folk entertainment, but also educate people about morality and spirituality through its religious themes. Recently, Sinxay’s beauty has caught the eyes of scholars in various fields. This epic is brought up into modern society with the aim to enable new generations to realize, be touched ,and be proud of such a invaluable literature composed by their ancestry (for more information about religious philosophy in Sinxay see Pimpakun, S et al. (2016). Sinxay: The Application of Cultural Capital for Community Development of Thai and Lao in Globalization. Medwelljournal, 11(23), 5719-5725. Sound by Prayoon Lasang
สินไซเป็นมหากาพย์เรื่องยิ่งใหญ่ของชุมชนชาวพุทธในดินแดนอุษาคเนย์ที่น่าสนใจมากเรื่องหนึ่ง ที่กำลังได้รับการฟื้นฟูให้สังคมยุคใหม่ได้รับรู้และร่วมภาคภูมิใจ…เสียงโดย อ.ประยูร ลาแสง
When we published out book on Sinxay we ran into individuals who found fault with our declaring Sinxay as a cultural masterpiece of both Laos and Thailand. We repeat, as Songwit writes,
Sinxay is a great epic of ancient Southeast Asia (those countries whose main belief is Theravada Buddhism)