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The growing phenomenon of Malaysian musical theatre productions with a Buddhist theme


Loo, Fung Ying and Loo, Fung Chiat and Tee, Xiao Hao (2014) The growing phenomenon of Malaysian musical theatre productions with a Buddhist theme. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 122. pp. 473-476. ISSN 1877-0428


Over the past twenty years, research in Buddhist music shows development and change from liturgical chant to commercial Buddhist music. The present study examines the global wave in Buddhism by looking into the growing phenomenon of “Buddhist” musical theatre in an Islamic country – Malaysia. This paper highlights the binary between the rhetoric of Buddhism manifested in the nature of commercialized musical theatre, and the influence of popular music, a commercialized and globalized phenomenon in the transmission of Buddhism. Methods include observation, analysis and semi-structured interview. Selected musicals for analysis are Jewel of Tibet the Musical, Above the Full Moon, Prince Siddhartha the Musical and Magic Mirror the Musical. Analysis includes text, music, setting, costume, and an ethnographic account of the life experience of the audience. The findings reveal a phenomenological experience of a two-fold participation in the transmission of Buddhism between the production team and audience, and the continual global wave that changes the transmission of religion.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Human Ecology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.01.1377
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Buddhism; Musical theatre; Globalization; Transmission
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 08:24
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 08:24
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/47991
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