Collective Identity of Disguised Characters in Thai Classical Literature and Thai Visual Arts for the Learning Model of Creative Identity Linkage

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Wanwisa Promjeen

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to on study the collective identity of disguised characters in Thai classical literatures and Thai visual arts that are inspired from disguised characters from the past to the present. The data are collected from the reviews on Thai classical literatures and Thai visual arts, and the interviews with Thai artists, Thai authors, psychologists, scientists, and Buddhist monks who have expertise in religious dissemination. Additionally, it includes the analysis of visual artworks that relate to the disguise to analyze, synthesize, and create a linkage learning model of disguised characters in Thai classical literatures to visual arts into three pathways as follows: sciences, Thai classical literatures, and visual arts. After realizing the result of disguised character linkage from the research process. The author have created a set of visual art works to link the disguised characters in Thai classical literatures and hold an exhibition.


From the study, it has been found out that the disguised characters in Thai classical literatures have originated from the implication and lesson about human lust, and use language as the communication tool through Thai classical literatures. Not only does disguise appear in Thai classical literature but it also appears in European, South-west African, and Asian works. People around the world transfer culture to one another and it influences their arts and beliefs. In conclusion, the study summarizes the creative pathways into three, each of which has a different identity linkage, as follows: Pathway 1: the science principle as the main factor to emphasize on hormones that affect the human body and cause changes after short period of time; Pathway 2: creative visual arts as the main factor that emphasizes on the personification from the creator’s imagination; and Pathway 3: the message conveying the main factor to emphasize on the personality of the characters by analysis on their strengths and weaknesses.


In the conclusion of the linkage from the three pathways, all of them can be applied together for linking the character identity to create visual artworks, starting from the science principal as the primary factor, while imagination and creativity from Thai classical literature and Thai visual arts will follow (Science, Imagination and Creativity). One disguised character has five patterns of disguises and five steps, a combination of two academics link science logic and imagination into a visual art work. It leads to the identity linkage of disguised characters and the creation of visual arts.

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