New blog site about Sinxay

Ever heard of Rāma and Sītā? Of course! And Arjuna and his friend Kṛṣṇa? Absolutely! What about Sinxay? If the answer is no then I can recommend this new website that is aimed at raising the profile of the Laotian epic of Sinxay: www.sinxay.com

The site has been set up by husband and wife team Peter and Bai, who have been researching the story for many years and are preparing an English translation of one of its main forms. I have been lucky enough to have a sneak preview of the translation, and found it utterly gripping. The story has many elements familiar from the Indian epics, such as a demon abducting a woman and taking her off across the water to his kingdom, and a brother betrayed by his family and exiled to the forest. Characters that are particularly popular from Southeast Asian culture are also prominent, especially the hoards of nagas and garudas who form alliances with the hero. Rather unique to the story, however, are the two brothers who support the hero Sinxay, Siho (a lion-elephant) and Sangthong (a conch shell) – images of these intriguing characters can be found on the sinxay site.

The story is clearly deserving of greater attention from scholars and it is therefore a great pleasure to find Peter and Bai so keen to give the epic a higher profile and open it up to a wider public.

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About naomiappleton

I work in the Divinity School at the University of Edinburgh, where I research and teach subjects related to South and Southeast Asian religions.
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2 Responses to New blog site about Sinxay

  1. Peter Whittlesey says:

    Thank you Naomi. Your support means a lot to us, more than you know. We’re definitely looking forward to reading your latest monograph on Karma and rebirth. Nyak Koumphan and Soumountha were married in a past life and being reborn, one as a nyak and one as a human, drives Koumphan with his supernormal memory of his past life drives him into great despair and desperate action. Plus your study makes me think about the comment’s of Indra’s three sons when they are asked by their father to be reborn on human earth as Sinxay, Sangthong and Siho and they tell him if he wants them to go, “it was a duty they wouldn’t refuse because coming to live in the heavens and then returning to earth was the cycle of life. This was normal, to die and be reborn, to die and be reborn, wasn’t that the way life was on earth?” What you write I’m sure will provide us with more insights into karma and rebirth, especially within the context of Sinxay. Thank you in advance!

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