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- PONGSIT PANGSRIVONGSE

- PHRA MAHA RAJA GURU BHIDHI SRI

   VISUDHIKHUN

- PRAPOD ASSAVAVIRULHAKARN

- BOONTEUN SRIWORAPOJ

A) “In Brahminical custom, names are never neutral signposts but terms charged with symbolic and metaphysical efficacy.They confer political authority on the bearer but also have the ability to shape that bearer’s past, present, and future”

 

B) “It’s not so much that we want the King to be this way, the fact is: ‘he already is this way’ because it’s been predestined by his name”

 

C) “Names can dictate your destination in the Thai belief system. Once you have been given a name, it means you exist. For if you don’t have a name, you don’t really exist do you? You exist because you have a name.”

 

D) “Within a King, there are all the assets necessary for kingship; as such, everything he does or says oozes with the holiness and weight that he is believed to have carried from birth”

 

Biography:
A) Pongsit Pangsrivongse
Pongsit pursued his passion for philosophy during his undergraduate degree at Cambridge, where he came to discover South Asian Culture and Sanskrit. Realizing that three thousand years of history was still largely untapped, he switched to Sanskrit studies for his Master’s Degree. Pongsit now works as the India desk officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand.
B) Phra Maha Raja Guru Bhidhi Sri Visudhikhun
Phra Maha Raja Guru descends from a long line of Brahmins originally from India, who have served the Thai monarchy for centuries. He is currently the Court Brahmin in Thailand.
C) Prapod Assavavirulhakarn
Prapod is a linguist, and was the former Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand
D) Boonteun Sriworapoj
Historian, Poet, and former director of the History and Literature Department at the Department of Fine Arts in Thailand By merging their socio-historical and linguistic abilities, the linguists and poet worked together to decode the official names of King Rama IV and Second King Pinklao in order to explore the layered nuance and significance of nomenclature in Thai culture.