By Chris Baker and Pasuk PhongpaichitThis is a blog about the Thai epic, The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen, our English translation published by Silkworm Books in November 2010, the history of the tale, and related matters. The blog was started in 2010, but went missing in late 2013. Here we are restoring the site. Posts here dated October 2016 originally appeared in 2012-3. The restored versions are sometimes slightly modified.
Monthly Archives: March 2011
Some characters in KCKP have a life beyond the written word, beyond the printed page, indeed beyond the confines of this world. They have entered the realm of the spirits, and have devotees who hope to tap their special powers … Continue reading
Most places in Ayutthaya mentioned in the text could be easily identified from the Description of Ayutthaya, an eighteenth-century account of the city, and from maps drawn from this and other old texts. Two wat proved a little more elusive.
In January 2006, we drove north tracing as closely as possible the route taken by Khun Phaen, Phlai Ngam, and the 35 volunteers on their way to attack Chiang Mai in chapters 26, 27, and 28.
Few people visit Old Kanburi nowadays. They flash past the site on the way to the Erawan Waterfall or Si Nakharin Dam without knowing it’s there. No sign announces the location. In truth there’s not much for a casual visitor … Continue reading
In May 2005, we went to look at the murals that we had heard were being painted in Wat Palelai, Suphanburi. The series of around 40 around the cloister were around half finished. No artists were working, but there was … Continue reading
On 4-6 February 2011, Walailak University in Nakhon Si Thammarat hosted a series of events themed on KCKP, masterminded by Professor Cholthira Satyawadhna, dean of arts. I doubt if anything similar has happened earlier, or will ever happen again.