To students of Indian Culture interested in tracing the influence of India in the institutions of her Cultural Colonies, as also to Anthropologists, the Religious Festivals and Court Ceremonies, which still remain the most characteristic features of Siamese social life, offer an important field for research. Yet the subject has been little touched by scholars. Therefore a pioneer work of this nature can only be regarded as an attempt to lay a foundation for further studies, and the author hopes that other students-particularly those Siamese possessed of an extensive knowledge of their own literature and customs-may be encouraged to endeavour to fill those gaps which remain in our knowledge of most of the Siamese State Ceremonies. First Published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
H. G. Quaritch Wales
PART I. INTRODUCTORY, PART II. THE CHIEF FACTORS IN SIAMESE STATE CEREMONIAL, PART I I I . CEREMONIES OF INSTALLATION, PART IV. CEREMONIES CLOSELY CONNECTED WITH KINGSHIP, PART V. CEREMONIES RELATING TO AGRICULTURE, PART VI. MISCELLANEOUS STATE CEREMONIES, General Conclusions.