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This article analyzes the musical onomatopoeia of Pat Salat, a crescent-shaped gong, mentioned in a Mon palm leaf scripture entitled Kayak Che Nu Fo (The Buddha Descending from Heaven), written in 1847 by a Mon poet, Nai Tho Ma Nger. Findings show that among a number of musical instruments mentioned in the scripture, Pat Salat served as a key tool to link Pali words together, creating a harmonious combination between the sound of musical instrument and the Pali language, to communicate homage and worship to the Buddha. Moreover, the sound in the poet’s imagination was identified, reflecting the influence of music in Mon culture in the past as well as the appreciation of music among Mon people as related to their faith in Buddhism.
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