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Siamese State Ceremonies : With Supplementary Notes - H.G.Quaritch Wales

Siamese State Ceremonies

With Supplementary Notes

Hardcover Published: 17th January 1995
ISBN: 9780700702695
Number Of Pages: 326

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To students of Indian Culture interested in tracing the influence of India in the institutions of her Cultural Colonies, as also to Anthropologists, the Religious Festivals and Court Ceremonies, which still remain the most characteristic features of Siamese social life, offer an important field for research. Yet the subject has been little touched by scholars. Therefore a pioneer work of this nature can only be regarded as an attempt to lay a foundation for further studies, and the author hopes that other students-particularly those Siamese possessed of an extensive knowledge of their own literature and customs-may be encouraged to endeavour to fill those gaps which remain in our knowledge of most of the Siamese State Ceremonies.  First Published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Scope and Sourcesp. 3
An Outline of the History of Siamese Culturep. 12
Social Organization of the Siamesep. 21
The Chief Factors in Siamese State Ceremonial
The Kingshipp. 29
The Court Brahmansp. 54
Ceremonies of Installation
Coronation: The Main Ceremoniesp. 67
Coronation (continued) : The Regalia and the State Progressesp. 92
Coronation (continued): Installation of the Queen and Assumption of the Royal Residencep. 116
Higher Grades in Royal Consecrationp. 121
The Tonsure Ceremonyp. 126
Cremation: The Ceremoniesp. 137
Cremation (continued): History and Functionp. 155
The Worship of Dead Kingsp. 169
Ceremonies Closely Connected With Kingship
Royal Audiences and the Reception of Embassiesp. 177
The Oath of Allegiancep. 193
The Royal Bounty (Tulabhara and Kathina)p. 199
Royal Anniversaries (Coronation and Birthday)p. 213
Ceremonies Relating to Agriculture
Ceremonies for the Control of Wind and Rain: Kite-flying, Baruna-Satra, and the Speeding of the Outflowp. 221
Festivals of First Fruits: Dhanya Daha and Saradap. 228
The Swinging Festival, and the Reception of the Godsp. 238
The First Ploughingp. 256
Temporary Kingsp. 265
Miscellaneous State Ceremonies
The White Elephantp. 273
Feasts of Lamps : Con Parian, Kahtikeya Festival, and Loy Brah Prahdipp. 288
Minor Brahmanical Ceremonies: The Worship of the Sacred Bull, Visnu's Sleep, Siva's Night, Snana, Top-Spinning, New Yearp. 295
The Propitiation of Spirits: Animism, Guardian Spirits of Cities. Guardian Spirits in Great Guns, and Foundation Sacrificesp. 300
The Expulsion of Evil: The General Expulsion of Evil at New Year, the Public Scapegoat, the Expulsion of Disease, a Ceremony of Palace Exorcism, and a Royal Exorcismp. 308
General Conclusionsp. 315
Indexp. 319
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780700702695
ISBN-10: 0700702695
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 17th January 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1

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