SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol. 3 (Number 1-2) 2003

George Coedès' Chronology of the Kingdom of Haripunjaya

Laurent Hennequin




Abstract


The history of the Mon Kingdom of Haripunjaya, now Lamphun
in the North of Thailand, is comparatively well known thanks to a
number of chronicles. However, the chronicles rarely agree between
themselves, in particular concerning chronology, and there is no
contemporary evidence to confirm any of them. Some inscriptions
provide dates which need to be interpreted and George Coedès
gave a tentative reading of them, which is usually accepted along
with a corrected chronology to order the various events or kings
mentioned in the chronicles. In this article the writer critically
examines Coedès’ interpretation using his own arguments, namely
astrology and calendrical data, paleography, the chronicular
evidence and correspondences with other documents. He also
examines how Coedès treated the corrected chronology in his
subsequent works and how it is considered by other scholars.
Laurent HENNEQUIN

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