Current Conditions and Problems of Conservation and Inheritance of Identity Among Thai-Sikhs


  •  Nakrob Narksuwan    
  •  Wisanee Siltragool    
  •  Anchalee Jantapo    

Abstract

This research is aimed at investigating the current conditions and problems of conservation and inheritance among Thai Sikhs in metropolitan Bangkok. Data was gathered by means of interview, observation, group discussion, and workshop. The study area was comprised of Pahurat, PraNakorn District, Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, PraNakorn District, and Im-Amporn Village, Bangkok Yai District. The results show that the most important aspects of Thai-Sikh identity that must be conserved are the 5 sacred symbols, fundamental teachings, religious ceremonies, the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha religious building, the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Association and the Punjabi language. Currently, Thai-Sikh identity is clear and well-maintainedin Bangkok society. However, problemsare caused by westernization and adoption of modern cultural practices from other societies. This leads to the neglect of traditional Thai Sikh lifestyle. The suggested solutions include raising awareness of identity conservation among Thai Sikhs, which requires the cooperation of the government and private sectors. Training and activities must also be arranged, which new Thai-Sikh generations can learn from and participate in.



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  • Issn(Print): 1916-9655
  • Issn(Onlne): 1916-9663
  • Started: 2009
  • Frequency: semiannual

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