Hassadeelink Bird-Shaped Coffins Used for Northern Monks’ Cemetery Ceremony in Lanna Society : Status and Existing Values

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Narong Jenjai


          The purposes of this study aimed to explain the meaning, roles, and values of Hassadeelink bird-shaped coffins used for the northern monks’ cemetery ceremony in Lanna kingdom. It presented to the Lanna villagers’ beliefs and society. Both literature reviews and the Lanna experiencing experts’ panel discussions on how to invent Hassadeelink bird-shaped coffins were carried out for data summary.  The findings of the study revealed that “Hussadeelink bird” had its wing and bird head as well as five elephant-equivalent power found in the Hinmapan forest, resembling its gigantic elephant body. Furthermore, it was believed that Hussadeeling birds belonged to grandeurers In fact, a legend related to “Hussadeelink bird’s beliefs transforming into Hussadeelink bird-styled coffins, which are made of wood covered with other colorful stripped paper. Both dead corpses and coffins are also used for cemetery ceremonies. In conclusion, the presentation for the symbol and values of Hussadeelink bird-shaped coffins found in the Lanna society was divided into four major aspects: 1) Roles in representing authority-symbolized performances and social status; 2) Cultural symbol influencing social cooperation and conservation; 3) Reflections on economic values, and 4) Reflections on atrial and aesthetic values.  

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Jenjai, N. (2021). Hassadeelink Bird-Shaped Coffins Used for Northern Monks’ Cemetery Ceremony in Lanna Society : Status and Existing Values. Journal of Cultural Approach, 22(42), 82–95. Retrieved from https://so02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/cultural_approach/article/view/220162
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