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Royal Words and Their Unroyal Consequences

Essay Excerpt

Courtiers create a magic circle of knowledge around the Thai Buddhist king by observing sacred traditions of hierarchy concerning speech and sight. In doing so, they shield the king from criticism, reinforce notions of royal omnipotence, and restrict the flow of dangerous information in and out of the palace. This article suggests connections between the king's socialization, the royal advice of the 1960s and 1970s-the king's analysis of the sorrows of his subjects, his remedies for the ills of modernity-and the rise of a new Buddhist corporate aristocracy. (Gray, 448)

About the Author

Anthropologist Christine Gray, PhD became a healthcare activist when her daughter Sophia was diagnosed with a sarcoma in 2003. Dr. Gray used to teach gender studies as well as anthropology. “I'm trying to find a way to get women active in breast cancer advocacy to examine the early detection/referral issues very seriously in the same way that gender bias has been dealt with in diagnosis and treatment of women's heart disease.” Dr. Gray has written several posts on

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