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    Arts of the supernatural

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 17/11/2014

    » Susan Conway's beautiful and fascinating book focuses on graphical devices drawn on paper, cloth or the skin, and used mainly for protection, healing and divination. She passes by spirit mediums, rites and amulets because they have been described by others, and builds on her knowledge of iconography from her earlier work on textiles. The study covers the Eastern Shan States and Lan Na, especially Yaunghwe, Kengtung, Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son.

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    Silent no more

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 17/03/2014

    » Why have Northeasterners become such enthusiastic supporters for Thaksin Shinawatra, the Pheu Thai party and the red-shirt movement? Charles Keyes first arrived in the Northeast in 1962 as a research student in rural anthropology. After the 2010 crackdown on red shirts in Bangkok, he realised he had to rethink all he had learned and written about the region over the last 48 years. This book is the result.

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    Decoding a half-century of writing from the Northeast

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 02/12/2013

    » Between the mid 1960s and mid 1980s, three of the most acclaimed writers in Thailand came from Isan, the Northeast. As told in Martin Platt's illuminating account, each took up writing in very different circumstances.

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    Intimate view of an extraordinary life

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 04/11/2013

    » The life of ML Boonlua Debyasuvarn slices diagonally across the social history of 20th-century Thailand. She was born in 1911, the 32nd child of a senior noble from a core royal lineage (Kunchon). Her father was keeper of the royal elephants and manager of the royal drama troupe. While the Fifth Reign court ardently pursued modernisation, he remained totally traditional, innocent of English, scarcely literate in Thai, devoted to traditional arts, and polygamous. His drama troupe doubled as a personal harem.

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    Do rights matter in Thailand?

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 30/09/2013

    » Fifteen years ago, "M.56" was spray-painted all over sites of environmental protest like a spell to ward off evil. The clause in the 1997 Constitution that guaranteed the rights of local communities over natural resources bore the number 56. This clause and the formation of the National Human Rights Commission raised great expectations that the authorities would no longer be able to use "development" and "national security" as justification for riding roughshod over local communities. That hope turned out to be somewhat forlorn.

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    Truth is rarely simple

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 19/08/2013

    » Thai political leaders don't write memoirs, so Abhisit Vejjajiva's account of events from his appointment as prime minister in December 2008 to the end of the red-shirt demonstration on April 20, 2010 is path-breaking. Abhisit explains that he wrote this memoir because red shirts have made political capital by claiming that government forces killed protesters in a brutal crackdown, so he needs to set the record straight: "We have heard plenty of lies _ I now ask for the opportunity to tell the truth."

  • LIFE

    Festive Isan in full colour

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 04/03/2013

    » This book reproduces a beautiful festive scroll from Thailand's Northeast that is now in Singapore's Asian Civilisations Museum.

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    Daring revision

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 04/02/2013

    » The eminent art historian Piriya Krairiksh is a famous iconoclast. He brazenly proposed that the Ramkhamhaeng inscription, the Magna Carta of Thai history, had been faked by King Mongkut (Rama IV).

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    The unofficial court jester of Modernising Siam

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 07/01/2013

    » He claimed that his only aim was "to benefit the royalty, my country, and the Buddhist religion." But many others, especially those in power, thought he was a nut and a "Man of Great Nuisance to Society".

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    The world of worship, wealth and wonders

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 03/12/2012

    » This book is about everyday belief and practice in contemporary Thailand. It begins with a telling image. At the top of the spirit altar is always a small figure of the Buddha. On the next level down may be statues of famous monks from the past, such as Somdet To, along with Siamese kings, particularly King Chulalongkorn.

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