Les rites d'ordination d'arbres. Mise en scène de l'écologie indigène en Thaïlande

Abstract : This paper describes and analyses a tree “ordination” ceremony organized in 1999 by a network of Karen villages. This recent ritual ceremony consists in sanctifying protected forest spaces, which are then symbolically offered to the King, through procedures that combine Buddhism and local spirit cults. The tribute paid to the King allows, in the course of this spectacular performance, to create a space where the main protagonists involved in the management of the national forest resources (the monastic community, the civil servants, the forest wardens, the NGOs, peasants from the plains and from the mountains, their spokesmen and the media) can meet and engage in a non-antagonistic dialogue. In relating the modalities of appropriation of this ritual by Karen mountain people, the intention here is to show how they strive to re-establish a territorial and identitary status that guarantees them the right to stay amidst the “protected areas” controlled in an authoritarian way by the State.
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Abigaël Pesses. Les rites d'ordination d'arbres. Mise en scène de l'écologie indigène en Thaïlande. Aséanie, Sciences humaines en Asie du Sud-Est, 2010. ⟨hal-01241871⟩

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