Southeast Asia as a regional concept offers research possibilities in oral traditions that often take precedence over the written form. Since the early centuries of the Common Era, the languages in the region have been heavily influenced by Sanskrit, an Indo-Aryan language. Folklore motifs also reveal traces and patterns of cultural cross-referencing and inter-textuality.
One might consider the process of art making in Southeast Asia as a critical practice to document and develop visual and verbal representation that is not only rooted in folk culture and oral tradition, but also, anchored in communal memories and ethos.
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