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.
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In chapter 27, Khun Phaen is released after over a decade in jail so he can accompany his son to attack Chiang Mai. He declines the king’s offer to recruit an army, and instead asks for thirty-five of his fellow … Continue reading
In old Thai literature, sexual encounters were often described with metaphorical passages known as bot atsajan, translated as “miraculous passages” or “wondrous scenes.”
KCKP has some obscure, scarcely known passages which are a delight.
On 11 June 2011, Noppakhun Sudprasert from the College of Dramatic Arts, Mahidol University, gave a sepha recitation at the Jim Thompson Art Center, helped by his colleague, Watit Duriangkul, and a team of three dancers.
The court scene, where the king condemns Wanthong to execution is the climax of the story.
Phlai Kaeo (later Khun Phaen) and Phim (later Wanthong) were childhood friends. They meet again when she is 15 and he is 17 and a novice. He arranges with Saithong, her maid-cum-companion, for them to meet in a cottonfield.