The Relationship of Way of Living and Nature in Ayutthaya Classical Literature
The purpose of this research was to analyze the relationship between the way of living and nature in four Ayutthaya classical literatures: Mahachat Kham Luang, Lilit Phra Lo, Samutthakhot Khamchan, and Suea Kho Khamchan. The analysis showed that there were three types of relationship between nature and way of living. The first one was nature-human relationship, which consisted of two modes. The first mode was between nature and human appearance while the second mode was nature and human nature. The second type was nature-cultural context relationship. Here, it showed that nature performs an important role on human life; and that nature can represent the belief and value of human. Lastly, the third type was of nature-social context. Nature can represent the social status of a person. It emphasized how gender, as assigned by society, dictated the social status, social space, and sexuality of the individuals. Overall, the relationship between the way of living and nature in the four Ayutthaya classical literatures emphasized the interdependent relationship between nature and human. The being of human was conditioned by nature while nature can exist only through human consciousness and thought.
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