A Study of Votive Tablets in Wooden Frame in Lampang Province

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ยุทธภูมิ มั่นตรง

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A votive tablet is a symbol of Buddhism. The relation of votive tablets and the attitude towards pagoda, which mentioned in scriptures and Sutta Pitaka, shows that the votive tablets can be categorized as an Object Stupa. In Lanna era, there are abundance of evidences to show that votive tablets were used as ornaments for decorating temples and wooden frames. It is believed that the tablets were influenced from Pagan art, Myanmar, around 16th – 19th B.E. The making of votive tablets maybe derived from the belief of “The Past Buddhas” of both Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism. It is believed that there are many Buddha from past to future. Lampang province is one of the provinces in which the most of votive tablets in wooden frame were found.  Also, most of the votive tablets were made from iron and lead. The similar pattern of the votive tablets was a sitting Buddha image in a glass arch. These votive tablets were used as wooden frame ornamentals around the 24th – 25th B.E. It was assumed that the purpose of making of votive tablets was to make the Buddhism to last for at least 5,000 years, according to the belief of the five declines, and it was also for the holy purposes of the makers. A votive tablet is a symbol of Buddhism. The relation of votive tablets and the attitude towards pagoda, which mentioned in scriptures and Sutta Pitaka, shows that the votive tablets can be categorized as an Object Stupa. In Lanna era, there are abundance of evidences to show that votive tablets were used as ornaments for decorating temples and wooden frames. It is believed that the tablets were influenced from Pagan art, Myanmar, around 16th – 19th B.E. The making of votive tablets maybe derived from the belief of “The Past Buddhas” of both Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism. It is believed that there are many Buddha from past to future. Lampang province is one of the provinces in which the most of votive tablets in wooden frame were found.  Also, most of the votive tablets were made from iron and lead. The similar pattern of the votive tablets was a sitting Buddha image in a glass arch. These votive tablets were used as wooden frame ornamentals around the 24th – 25th B.E. It was assumed that the purpose of making of votive tablets was to make the Buddhism to last for at least 5,000 years, according to the belief of the five declines, and it was also for the holy purposes of the makers.

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มั่นตรงย. (2017). A Study of Votive Tablets in Wooden Frame in Lampang Province. Institute of Culture and Arts Journal, 19(1 (37), 103-113. Retrieved from https://www.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jica/article/view/105632
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