Thailand's Theory of Monarchy: The Vessantara Jataka and the Idea of the Perfect Man

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SUNY Press, 9 mei 2016 - 302 pagina's
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Discusses the origins and cultural history of the Theravada Buddhist ideals behind the Thai institution of monarchy.

Since the 2006 coup d’état, Thailand has been riven by two opposing political visions: one which aspires to a modern democracy and the rule of law, and another which holds to the traditional conception of a kingdom ruled by an exemplary Buddhist monarch. Thailand has one of the world’s largest populations of observant Buddhists and one of its last politically active monarchies. This book examines the Theravada Buddhist foundations of Thailand’s longstanding institution of monarchy. Patrick Jory states that the storehouse of monarchical ideology is to be found in the popular literary genre known as the Jātakas, tales of the Buddha’s past lives. The best-known of these, the Vessantara Jātaka, disseminated an ideal of an infinitely generous prince as a bodhisatta or future Buddha—an ideal which remains influential in Thailand today. Using primary and secondary source materials largely unknown in Western scholarship, Jory traces the history of the Vessantara Jātaka and its political-cultural importance from the ancient to the modern period. Although pressures from European colonial powers and Buddhist reformers led eventually to a revised political conception of the monarchy, the older Buddhist ideal of kingship has yet endured.


 

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Introduction
1
Chapter 1 The Vessantara Jataka as a Performative Text
23
Chapter 2 The Vessantara Jataka and Early State Formation
45
Chapter 3 A Theravada Buddhist Theory of Monarchy
77
Chapter 4 The Colonial Challenge to Buddhist Monarchy
107
Chapter 5 Thai and Western Buddhist Scholarship in the Era of Imperialism
127
Chapter 6 From Jatakas to Thai Folktales
157
Conclusion
173
Appendix
189
Glossary of Thai and Pali Terminology Used
197
Notes
203
Bibliography
255
Index
279
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Patrick Jory is Senior Lecturer in Southeast Asian History at the University of Queensland and the editor ofGhosts of the Past in Southern Thailand: Essays on the History and Historiography of Patani.

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