These regional groups speak thousands of different languages practice various religions, and perform thousands of styles of music. Although many of the Southeast Asian countries are trying to build national cultures, regionalism is usually accepted, sometimes celebrated, and occasionally suppressed. Vocal and instrumental music has been central to the religious life of the region from antiquity to the present. Most of this music shares some common characteristics that distinguishes it from compositions found in other areas of the world.
Southeast Asian arts
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Although their individual political histories differ, the music of Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia is almost identical. The musical instruments and forms of this region spring from the same sources: India, the indigenous Mon-Khmer civilizations, China, and Indonesia. In Thailand, three types of orchestras, called pi phat , kruang sai , and mahori , exist. The pi phat , which plays for court ceremonies and theatrical presentations, uses melodic percussion gongs in a circle, xylophones, metallophones and a blown reed. The kruang sai performs in popular village affairs and combines strings monochords, lutes, and fiddles with two and three strings and wind instruments oboes and flutes ; while the mahori , as accompaniment of solo and choral singing, mixes strings floor zithers, three-stringed fiddles, and lutes and melodic percussion gongs and xylophones with the winds flutes and oboes. All three ensembles are provided with a rhythmic group of drums, cymbals, and a gong to punctuate the melody parts.
Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia
Southeast Asian arts , the literary, performing, and visual arts of Southeast Asia. Although the cultural development of the area was once dominated by Indian influence, a number of cohesive traits predate the Indian influence. Wet-rice or padi agriculture, metallurgy, navigation, ancestor cults, and worship associated with mountains were both indigenous and widespread, and certain art forms not derived from India—for example, batik textiles, gamelan orchestras, and the wayang puppet theatre—remain popular.
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