Background

 

The Folklore Data Base Development Project has been initiated by Dr Vicha Suangsawaeng, who has taught Folklore and collected information on folklore as local wisdom in Ayutthaya and the nearby provinces. The folklore database consists of

1. Oral narratives, songs, riddles, poetry and beliefs;
2. Non-oral folklore such as architecture, sculpture, food and drinks;
3. Mixed types of folklore such as custom, plays and games

Folklore data were gathered by Dr Vicha as researcher and his student assistants from the respondents who were elderly, children and youth, including the Muslims in the villages. Much of the data were also gleaned from studies by his colleagues at Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya Rajabhat University.

To prevent a loss of folklore, developing a data base on the Internet for retrieval is beneficial. It is an appropriate way to save valuable cultural heritage.

Objectives

 

1. To continually collect data concerning local wisdom of Ayutthaya and nearby provinces.
2. To classify the data according to Ralf Steel Boggs (1972) system.
3. To translate the folklore data into English and publicize them on the Internet

Ralf Steel Boggs Classification System (1972)

 

This type of classification recognizes the location and people among whom folklore is collected. The System consists of these aspects:

1. Groups (designated by capital letters);
2. Categories (designated by hundred numbers 000-900).
3. Types (the ten numbers 00-90)
4. Forms (unit numbers 0-9)
5. Divisions (the tenth decimals .0-.9)
6. Subdivisions (the hundredth decimals .00-.90, or further subdivisions using the thousandth decimals, .000-.999).