Community participation in the management of palm leaf manuscripts as Lanna cultural material in Thailand
The cultural heritage of the Lanna region of upper Northern Thailand is unique. One of its distinctive features is palm leaf manuscripts (PLMs), which are viewed simultaneously as examples of sacred writing and religious symbols, means of transferring cultural knowledge, artefacts of beauty and fragile historical documents. Local people still care about these objects, and speak the language but knowledge of the script is limited. The purpose of this paper is to explore the views of community members and experts about the value and management of PLMs as the basis for developing a model of community-based collection management.
Community participation, Thailand, Indigenous knowledge, Buddhism, Collection management, Palm leaf manuscripts
JARUSAWAT, Piyapat; COX Andrew ; BATES, Jo (2018) "Community participation in the management of palm leaf manuscripts as Lanna cultural material in Thailand", in Journal of Documentation, Vol. 74 No. 5, pp. 951-965. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-02-2018-0025. [online] Available at: https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JD-02-2018-0025 [Accessed 30/05/2019]