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Luntaya – A wave-like weaving pattern used in Burmese and Lan Na textiles. Mahat Lek – Palace ministry of the Royal Pages Corps, who were responsible for communications and other clerical tasks in the Middle and Outer Palace. The Mahat Lek provided the major gateway to palace careers for males of noble and royal families. Mahat Thai – Ministry of “the interior” which informally became the ministry dealing with Siamese administration of the northern territories, including Chiang Mai and Laos. mandala – Coined by Oliver Wolters to describe the nature of Southeast Asian polities, and their typical orientation towards a city center, with power radiating outwards towards vaguely defined peripheries, sometimes overlapping with neighboring mandala.

39 40 Page 40 Woodhouse Chapter 2 or seven-part-rulers), who together ruled western Lan Na from the capital of Chiang Mai for more than a hundred years. The early kings of the Chao Chet Ton dynasty appear to have been well aware of the pitfalls of personal loyalty and factional rivalry that had contributed to the weakness of earlier Lan Na rulers. As the kingdom was re-established in 1789, Kawila’s father, Chai Kaeo, gave his recommendations on rulership to the seven sons (and one daughter) entrusted with governing the kingdom: Thenceforth, all my children in [Lampang] and Chiang Mai should heed their father’s advice… Don’t fight among yourselves.

Chao ba, chao bannok – Literally “forest person” and “person from outer village” respectively. These terms were used to distinguish Siamese “others” from Bangkok elites within the framework of siwilai. chao chom – Official title of a Siamese consort (in the Inner Palace) with no children. chao chom manda – Official title of a Siamese consort with one or more children. chaofa – Title reserved for children of the king by a woman of royal blood (as opposed to phra ong chao, used for all other king’s children).

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