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Nareerat Phinitthanasarn


In the performance of Khon in Ramakian, "Tua Phra" are generally the divine, monarch, and hermit such as Shiva, Narayana, Rama, Lakshman, Janaka hermit etc. Khon shows are divided into 4 groups of "Tua Phra": Phra Theppachao (God), Phra Yui, Phra Noi, Phra Bedteld or Phra Rabum. The selected to "Tua Phra" in their respective roles based on their physical body and face shape. In addition to the skill of dancing that must be able to show elegance, validity and awe in the attitude as well. The character of "Tua Phra" in Khon also shows the relationship from the imitation of the ideological beauty from the Thai painting which is evident in the dimension of the mask. Although "The Phra" not having to wear a mask like in the past but still emphasizes the features of the face shape and makeup of "Tua Phra" in order to maintain the ideal beauty as before. The Khon performance of the Ramakian has focus on to the character of "Tua Phra" reflecting the aesthetic aspect of society.

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