top_1_963_35.JPG
top_2_1.jpg top_2_2.jpg
 
 
  HOME   PUBLISH   DONATE   ABOUT   CONTACT   HELP   SEARCH  
 
   
The Legend of Queen Cama
Bodhiramsi's Camadevivamsa, a Translation and Commentary
The Legend of Queen Cama
Click on image to enlarge

Donald K. Swearer - Author
Sommai Premchit - Author
SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies
Price: $51.50 
Hardcover - 195 pages
Release Date: June 1998
ISBN10: 0-7914-3775-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3775-9

Quantity:  
Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 195 pages
Release Date: May 1998
ISBN10: 0-7914-3776-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3776-6

Quantity:  
Available as a Google eBook
for other eReaders and tablet devices.
Click icon below...

Available as a Kindle Edition.
Click icon below...


Summary Read First Chapter image missing

An English translation and a commentary on the chronicle of Queen Cama, an important but neglected female monarch who founded a dynasty in Northern Thailand.

The Legend of Queen Cama (Camadevivamsa), 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 it. 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 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 Adittaraja (eleventh century C.E.), and the founding by Queen Cama of a lineage destined to govern Haripunjaya for five hundred years. The Buddha and Queen Cama 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.

"The translation itself provides easy access to an engaging narrative. More important, though, is the skillful placement of the translated text within several overlapping contexts: historical, context of religious practice, authorial intentions, literary structure." -- Anne M. Blackburn, University of South Carolina, Columbia

Donald K. Swearer is Charles & Harriet Cox McDowell Professor of Religion, Swarthmore College. He has written and edited many books, among them The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia and Me and Mine: Selected Essays of Bikkhu Buddhadasa, both published by SUNY Press. Sommai Premchit is a Research Associate at the Institute for Social Research, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, and an Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology. He is coauthor of The Lan Na Twelve-Month Traditions.


Bookmark and Share

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

MAP

SPECIMEN PAGE

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

ABBREVIATIONS

INTRODUCTION

PART I. INTERPRETATION

The Camadevivamsa and the Chronicle Tradition of Northern Thailand

The Structure of the Camadevivamsa

The Camadevivamsa as a Narrative Tapestry of Myth, Legend, and History

And History

Which Camadevi?

PART II. THE CAMADEVIVAMSA

1. The Buddha's Prophecy

2. Vasudeva and the Founding of Migasanghanagara

3. The Plan for Building Haripuñjaya

4. Camadevi Consecrated as Queen of Haripuñjaya

5.-6. Synopsis from the Jinakalamalipakaranam

7. Victory over Milakkharaja

8. The Coronation and Marriage of Mahantayasa

9. The Founding of Khelanga

10. Camadevi at Khelanga and the Founding of Alambanganagara

11. Camadevi's Reign at Alambanganagara, Her Return to Haripuñjaya, and Her Death

12. Royal Succession, Cholera Epidemic, and Flight to Hamsavati

13. Adittaraja's Reign and the Battle with Lavo

14. Victory over Lavo

15. King Adittaraja and the Appearance of the Buddha Relic

APPENDIX RULERS OF HARIPUÑJAYA

GLOSSARY OF SELECTED PALI TERMS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX


Related Subjects
34192/34193(NE/DF/)

Related Titles

The Dharma's Gatekeepers
The Dharma's Gatekeepers
Buddhist Faith and Sudden Enlightenment
Buddhist Faith and Sudden Enlightenment
The Logic of Unity
The Logic of Unity
The Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine
The Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine
In the Mirror of Memory
In the Mirror of Memory
Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory
Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory
The Sound of Vultures' Wings
The Sound of Vultures' Wings
Path to the Middle: Oral Madhyamika Philosophy in Tibet
Path to the Middle: Oral Madhyamika Philosophy in Tibet
Sisters in Solitude
Sisters in Solitude
A Dose of Emptiness
A Dose of Emptiness



 
bottom_1_963_35.jpg