Khon Muang - People and Principalities of North Thailand by Andrew Forbes and David Henley
From the "People and Cultures of Southeast Asia" Series
Teak House has produced a series of extremely high quality books combining the large format and excellent photography associated with "coffee table books" with authoritative text from some of the best known experts in their fields. Ideal for both travelers and academic readers.
The Khon Muang, or 'People of the Principalities', inhabit the hills and valleys of northern Thailand - formerly known as Lan Na, or the 'Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields'. In times past the people of the north spoke a different language to the central Thais. They dressed differently, women wore their hair long in contrast to the cropped fashion in Bangkok, and the men covered their bodies with intricate tattoos to ward off sickness and injury in times of war. The Golden Age of the Lan Na Kingdom was in the 13th-15th centuries, when Chiang Mai, the region's capital, treated on equal terms with Siam, Burma, Laos and even distant Sri Lanka. Then came Burmese conquest, Siamese invasion, and subsequent cultural domination by Bangkok. In recent years, however, amid signs of a general cultural rebirth, the Khon Muang have started to rediscover their past.
Andrew Forbes graduated in Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds before going on to complete an MA in Islamic Studies and a PhD in Central Asian History. He has been involved in Thai Studies for more than twenty years, and currently divides his time between Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom. A Senior Associate Member of St. Anthony's College, Oxford, he speaks Chinese and Thai, and has traveled extensively in the "Golden Triangle" region.
Large Format 12" x 8.5"
Chiang Mai, Teak House
252 pages with over 300 colour photographs
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