king Rama VI, reigned for a hundred years-a country that was then called Siam. He loved to write diary, which is why he left to posterity important products. For example, his thoughts on that Moment, one of the most important in the life of every monarch count is expected to: "The victory of the crown was not easy to carry," wrote Rama VI, He did you can't try them on first, which is why you on the day of the coronation shaky on his head sat. "It was good, as long as I still sat. But it was hard when I started to run." The king was nervous, he was afraid she might fall down. "Fortunately, I survived the ceremony," he noted. "Nothing Bad is happening."
Of such episodes tells Tongthong Chandransu, a proven expert for ceremonies in the king's house to the land that is today Thailand. The legal historian is wearing, of course, a yellow shirt in these days. It symbolizes the respect for the monarch. He leafs through a booklet that describes the Royal insignia. On page one, the so-called victory of the crown is to be seen, a narrow, high-taper, made of Gold made with precious stones. "More than seven pounds it weighs," says Tongthong, "the king has to bear already."
The Symbol of monarchical Power, it has lost in the course of history, nothing of his weight. On Saturday His Majesty, Rama X. now, the same crown set up like all the monarchs of the Thai Chakri dynasty before. Three days long the coronation festival in Bangkok, it is a Moment in which a whole Nation stops for a moment and the ceremony will be banned follow on TV.
69 years ago, the Thai country last experienced a coronation, at that time, they celebrated – even without the use of Live-pictures from the Palace – Rama IX, also in Europe, as king Bhumibol is known. "Sequence and features of the ceremony have been founded by Rama I," says Tongthong. This king ruled at the end of the 18th century. Century, and from this time, also, the five insignia: crown, sword, sceptre, fan, and a Pair of Golden sandals that will push a Brahma of the priest to the king for the shoes.
according to State law, Maha Vajiralongkorn is considered been a while king, he took up in 2016, the legacy Bhumibols, had died at the age of 88 years. But the crowning glory, with Pomp and Majesty, is a particularly symbolic Moment. He has, in the future, only the Thai can't make up countries, right, in the direction of the country under Rama X. will develop. The turbulent politics in the Kingdom of power, meanwhile, is a break – at least for 72 hours.
elections neither free nor fair, but without violence
In the weeks before the Thais had a lot of other things in the head, in a long-awaited election, they could finally cast their votes. Many wish for a return to democracy after a military coup five years before, the generals are in Power, and justified as a step for the protection of the allegedly endangered monarchy right.
The recent election was neither free nor fair, but they ran out of some of the masses orderly and without violence. During the Counting of the votes, it is a mess, however, went wild, so now no one knows exactly who will form the government in the future. They are the forces behind General Prayuth Chan-ocha? He would like to dress up in a democratic guise and continue to rule. Or will to enforce a broad coalition of Pro-democracy parties and the military detachment? The choice are many puzzles, because the number of seats should be coming Thursday announced. So everything hangs in the balance, the political brawls are exposed to in these festive days. To disturb her would be a sacrilege.
"Each has mastered a different Charisma"
The celebrations of a mixture of Buddhist and Brahma of the rites, the king appears in these traditions as the reincarnation of the Divine, such as expert Tongthong explained. These ideas underpin the image of a king who hovers above it all. But how alive the Faith is? Kings are gods? Tongthong said: "In the younger Generation, this idea is not strong." The focus is on the role as head of state today. "The king advises the government," says Tongthong. He had to be consulted in all important questions.
can, However, dispense with the Thais, who will be your next Prime Minister, so little do they know, as their king after the coronation, the monarchy. "Everyone has a different Charisma," says Tongthong, he chooses his words Carefully. Bhumibol has traveled in seven decades as a king cross and across the country, he was omnipresent and an important compass. "He has accompanied the people always, in moments of joy and of sorrow, he was always there." His son Maha Vajiralongkorn was in previous years as crown Prince, especially as a Bon vivant known, reports of a questionable life change, made the Thai people are often at a loss, but they could talk because of the strict laws protecting the monarchy, never in the open about it. And this is still the case today.
Now Vajiralongkorn is the king, and fills the role in his own way. Much of the time he spends in Bavaria, where he has a Villa on lake Starnberg, his son visited in the vicinity of a private school. Germany, that means freedoms that could benefit the Monarch in the rigid everyday life at home. However, insiders have observed that the king is also working hard on his influence in Thailand, for example, by occupying important Posts with the Familiar. "Pronounced micro-management" on the case, it is called in Bangkok.
to give the guardians of The monarchy
surely the citizens know only The military is determined to continue as the guardian of the king to act, which in the eyes of the generals heard, the government is out of Hand. The king is under the Constitution, over the lowlands of the political business. And yet Thailand is agitated during these months, so strong that not even the Monarch of some explanatory words in a nervous election campaign was able to escape.
The problem was that one of the parties announced all of a sudden, the sister of the king will draw as a candidate in the election campaign. The Thais were blown away, but the excitement on the 12. February lasted only a few hours, and then the king spoke a word of Power.
Yellow and on my knees
It's not zieme for members of the family to be politically active; with his statement that the project was stopped. Thus, the hopes in the camp of Ex-Premier and billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra died, to collect by using the king's sister votes. You would be taken, would have reduced, presumably, the chances of the military, in civilian guise to continue to rule.
But all thoughts of the election and the contested result, now need to rest for the time being. Now, as Rama X. is crowned, he will, in a sedan chair sitting, this Sunday through the streets of borne, where the masses expect. For many, this is the first opportunity to get your the king in yellow clothes, and on my knees – as it should be for the people.
Created: 04.05.2019, 11:54 PM