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Ref ID: 19913
Ref Type: Book
Authors: Swearer, Donald K.
Sommai Premchit
Title: The legend of Queen Cāma: Bodhiraṃsi's Cāmadevīvaṃsa, a translation and commentary
Date: 1998
Source: SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies
Place of Publication: Albany, New York
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Notes: Description: <i>The Legend of Queen Cāma (Cāmadevīvaṃsa)</i>, an early fifteenth-century Pāli chronicle written by Mahāthera Bodhiraṃsi, recounts the story of the founding of the kingdom of Haripuñjaya in the Chiang Mai valley of Northern Thailand in the seventh century C.E. Similar to other Theravāda Pāli chronicles, the legend integrates religious and political stories, namely, Queen Cāma's founding of a dynastic lineage and the fortunes of Buddhism within it. <i>The Legend of Queen Cāma</i> 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 interrelationship 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. One of the most striking features of the book is the parallelism between the text's dominant narratives—the Buddha's journey to Northern Thailand and his prediction of the discovery of a Buddha relic by King Ādittarāja (eleventh century C.E.), and the founding by Queen Cāma of a lineage destined to govern Haripuñjaya for five hundred years. The Buddha and Queen Cāma are equal partners in this creative, cosmically significant act. Both plant the seeds that mature into a Mon Buddhist politico-cultural center that predates the advent of Thai suzerainty in Northern Thailand by five hundred years.
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