Thank you so much for helpful replies to my previous post on behalf of one of my undergraduate students. She really appreciated all the sources on SE Asia and tatoo designs!
I have another set of questions from another student in the same class, I'm pasting below his abstract and questions.
Thanks so much for any help!
University of Calgary
Abstract: This paper will explore ways that the Thai political landscape has evolved in relation to its understanding of phuu mii bun (“person having merit”) as integral to Thai Buddhist kingship, under the aegis of structuration theory as coined by Anthony Giddens. With the inception of a constitutional monarchy in the mid-19th century, reformation of state ideology has created a Thai political society that is inseparable from Buddhist doctrine. However, as the international system changes economically, ideologically, and politically, the legitimacy of the upper echelon of Thai society has come into question. I argue that multiple reform movements oriented toward satisfying the needs of the Thai people have reshaped the Thai understanding of a legitimate ruler.
1) What is a good translation and/or sources relating to the Phongsawadan Nua (Northen Chronicles)?
2) Any recommendations for sources relating Thai kingship ideology and the Vessantara Jataka? I am particularly interested in the nuances of the use of “phuu mii bun.”
2) When was the first appearance of the concept of phuu mii bun in pre-modern Thailand, the Menam basin and its kingdoms? How were people determined to be phuu mii bun?
3) If anyone claimed to be phuu mii bun, how did they legitimize that claim?
4) Which of the modern reform movements in Thailand used the notion of phuu mii bun to challenge the legitimacy of the monarchy?