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Queen Camadevi and the Haripunjaya Kingdom (Myth, Legend and History in The Northern Thai Chronicles)

cr. Supanut Arunoprayote


Northern Thailand is rich in its ancient history. One of the most famous figure in Northern Thai history is Queen Camadevi, the first ruler of the Haripunjaya Kingdom. For hundreds of years before the rise of the Lanna Kingdom, the Haripunjaya Kingdom thrived as a center of power, trade, and religion. Many myths surrounds the Queen and the Kingdom she built. In this article, Donald K. Swearer delves into the Northern Thai Chronicles to examine the stories of this legendary figure and the founding of Haripunjaya. 


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Author: Donald K. Swearer


* This article was published in the Journal of Siam Society and is being shared on the Thailand Foundation Website with permission from The Siam Society.