Inscription One: Real or Fake?

image Inscription One is a stone obelisk engraved with ancient Thai script that describes the utopian kingdom of Siam. Believed to have been created in 1292, it's considered one of the great national treasures of Thailand, comparable to the American Liberty Bell or the English Magna Carta. But recently two scholars, Michael Wright and Piriya Krairiksh, have suggested that Inscription One is nothing more than a fake. They theorize that the obelisk actually dates only to 1833, the year in which it was 'rediscovered' by Prince Mongkut (who later became King Rama IV). They suggest that the Prince used it as a piece of national propaganda to promote his reformist policies. This theory isn't gaining the two scholars many friends in Thailand. 5000 outraged demonstrators recently "carried out a cursing ritual, burning chillies and salt and the names of the two men written on scraps of paper." A Thai politician has also demanded the arrest of the two men. Michael Wright, however, is shrugging all this off. He insists that he feels no ill-effects from the curse at all. (but just wait until his penis melts into his body, and then see what he says!)


Posted on Mon Aug 02, 2004

Comments live in a country where you would be derided, cursed and maybe even imprisoned for disagreeing with the status-quo and speaking your mind...hey, wait a minute (think Bush/Ashcroft).
Posted by Gee...  on  Mon Aug 02, 2004  at  06:15 PM
Now you've put an image in my mind of Bush, Cheney, Rove, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, et al. all huddled together placing ritual curses on their enemies. That's a scary thought.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Mon Aug 02, 2004  at  06:21 PM
Kinda like Shakespeare's witches?
Posted by Gee...  on  Tue Aug 03, 2004  at  03:48 PM
Does it amuse anyone else that this guy is being threatened because he's debunking a myth about an idyllic kingdom?

"Yes there was a beautiful land of peace and prosperity, and I'll kill you if you say there wasn't!"
Posted by Kaitain  in  Florida  on  Tue Aug 10, 2004  at  12:22 PM
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