Research Institute for
Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol
and Ancestor Spirit.
nowadays the world has seen the rise of modernity and universality, traditional
beliefs still play an important role and demonstrate the cultural identity of a
community. This article studies the belief in "Poo-Ta" (ancestor
spirit) of the Bru who live in the Mekong
river basin and the relationship between the belief in "Poo-Ta" and
the idea of preserving Bru culture and language. The methodology is
Ethnography. The study found that the Bru respect belief in "Poo-Ta"
as an ancestor spirit that protects local people and the community from evil.
Belief in "Poo-Ta" leads to the preservation of the forest and good
the behaviour of Bru people. Moreover, the significant relationship between the
Bru, the forest and the Mekong
River, has led to the
creation of legends, stories, tales, songs and poems and the Bru’s traditional
culture. These are the major influence on Bru traditional culture and language.
However to maintain this wonderful traditional culture, the Bru should continue
to believe in the way of Bru traditional life and apply new culture along with
their traditional beliefs. This will lead to a sense of pride for the Bru.