Sinxay as a Jataka Nauk Nibat – A Jataka Outside the Circle

Peter Whittlesey


Recently the Lao literature masterpiece known as Sang Sinxay was translated into English and published under the title of Sinxay: Renaissance of a Lao-Thai Epic Hero.  Sang Sinxay has been praised as one of the greatest masterpieces of Lao literature. Martin Stuart Fox, in the Historical Dictionary of Laos, states that epic poems appeared in Lao literature in the late 16th century or in the beginning of the 17th century, and that Sinxay is the best-known epic poem composed in this period.

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