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Legend of Queen Cama: Bodhiramsi's Camadevivamsa, a Translation and Commentary
By: Swearer, Donald

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Author: Swearer, Donald
ISBN: 0791437760
Publication Date: 1998

Product Code: 5545

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"The Legend of Queen Cama," an early fifteenth century Pali chronicle written by Mahathera Bodhiramsi, recounts the story of the founding of the kingdom of Haripunjaya in the Chiang Mai valley of Northern Thailand in the seventh century C.E. Similar to other Theravada Pali chronicles, the legend integrates religious and political stories, namely Queen Cama's founding of a dynastic lineage and the fortunes of Buddhism within. "The Legend of Queen Cama offers revealing insights into the nature of Buddhism as a living tradition during one of the greatest periods in the history of Thai Buddhism. These insights include the symbolic structure of Buddhist cosmology, the close association of Buddhism and the founding of city states, the inter-relationship of popular Buddhist ethical teachings and devotional religion, and the inherently syncretic nature of Buddhism as presented in a text indebted to the folkloric traditions of Northern Thailand.

Legend of Queen Cama, Donald Swearer and Sommai Premchit, SUNY Press, 195 pages

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