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Thailand History Empires and Kingdoms


Taksin Monument Bangkok


  • The remaining art and architecture styles we see today of each of these Empires is distinct. Each ethnic tribe spoke a separate language and had separate cultures. All the Empires were Buddhist with the exception of the Khmers who accepted Buddhism but additionally subjugated their inhabitants to subscribe to Hindu concepts of the divine rights of their kings (who regarded themselves as Gods) and Hindu mythology. These differences are explained in detail in the links opposite. 
  • The periods of the political Empires or Kingdoms does not necessarily correspond to the artistic and cultural periods of influence of these tribes, for example the Khmers were culturally significant in Thailand during the pre-Angkorian Empire period (7 – 10 C) and this cultural influence continues to today.