Thailand by Douglas A. Phillips, Charles F. Gritzner

By Douglas A. Phillips, Charles F. Gritzner

Книга Thailand ThailandКниги География Автор: Douglas A. Phillips Год издания: 2007 Формат: pdf Издат.:Chelsea condo courses Страниц: a hundred and fifty Размер: 3,4 ISBN: 079109250X Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:Thailand (Modern international international locations)

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His newfound wisdom showed him that neither the path of wealth nor poverty was the correct path. Instead, an individual should seek the middle road between self-indulgence and destitution. Thus, Buddhism is not really a religion; rather, it is a philosophy of life that contains specific teachings. Buddha is not regarded by Buddhists as being a God, but as an enlightened human. In fact, Buddhism does not recognize a god. It 41 42 Thailand simply teaches that by following the teachings of Buddha, a person will lead a happier and more fulfilled life.

This organization will be discussed at length in Chapter 6’s consideration of Thailand’s economy. 63 64 Thailand This chapter has provided a snapshot of the important elements in Thailand’s government. The role of the king and the military remain key political factors in the country’s present and future. Thus, the precarious road to democracy in Thailand is paved on a heritage of royal power and influence. Will the king allow political dissent? What happens when the National Assembly overrides the king?

Burmese soldiers plundered the city’s riches, burned it, and left a devastating scar in the memory of the Thai people. The Burmese even melted down gold statues of Buddha for the precious metal. Lingering Thai resentment toward Burma still exists today from the events associated with the Burmese invasions that ended Ayutthaya’s reign. The Burmese invasions left Ayutthaya’s kingdom fragmented into smaller provinces that usually were led by military leaders. However, the Thais were fortunate in that they were not occupied by the Burmese.

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