Sacralising the King: The Traiphum Phra Ruang for Royal Legitimacy in Thailand 1970-80

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Sacralising the King: The Traiphum Phra Ruang for Royal Legitimacy in Thailand 1970-80

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Sacralising the King: The Traiphum Phra Ruang for Royal Legitimacy in Thailand 1970-80
Author: Mulder, Annabel
Issue Date: 2017
Keywords: Thailand
Politics
Legitimacy
Literature
Traiphum Phra Ruang
Monarchy
Buddhism
Abstract: Commonly recognized as the oldest cosmological text in Thai, the Traiphum Phra Ruang has traditionally enjoyed considerable prestige in Thailand. However, this is not only because of the text’s literary or historical relevance. As the text outlines the origin of kingship and the moral basis for Theravada Buddhist society through describing the workings of kamma, it has proven to be a valuable source of theoretical legitimacy for the Thai monarchy. This thesis examines how the text has been used for the restoration of king Bhumibol’s legitimacy after the student revolts in the 1970s. The following argues that this has been done through a tacit promotion of the text as the prime symbol of Thai cultural heritage and national identity, and the inculcation of the norms and values displayed within it by presenting the text as a tradition.
Supervisor: Arps, Ben
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Studies (Bachelor)
Specialisation: South and Southeast Asia
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/51013
 

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