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“Queering” Thai Masculinities and Sexualities in “Phi Mak Phra Khanong”

Atit Pongpanit explores how the 2013 film “Phi Mak Phra Kanong”—based on a well-known and oft-retold Thai legend—ignores the traditional ending of the tale where the living and the dead are definitively separated. In this film, the hero and heroine question, challenge, and resist norms of sexuality and the power of religion. The film “queers” the contemporary standards and politics of Thai sexuality. It also brings down the charisma of so-called Thai Buddhist beliefs and practices, suggesting a revision of the essence of religious teachings in Thai society. The full article is available in issue 1 of the 2016 volume of the Journal of Social Sciences of Naresuan University.