King Vajiralongkorn in Germany
While the whole country is grieving and dressed in black by choice or intimidation. We see the new King Vajiralongkorn in Germany for his Stem Cell treatment after spending only 2 weeks in Thailand during his father’s funeral.
While the mighty Thai government declared a set of rules and restrictions on entertainments and events for Thailand during that year of mourning for the late king. We see “Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya”, the oldest daughter of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej goes to Santa Monica, California for the American Film Festival 2016 to promote Thai films. Perfect Timing! Don’t crawl on your knees. Get up people. This is not Thailand! She lost her Royal title decades ago, when she married that American “Peter Ladd Jensen” but after her divorce, she came back to Thailand to enjoy that Thai Royal treatment. Only in Thailand!
Feeling Stupid! Stand Up! Look and Learn. Princess Ubolratana with the Chinese American actress Bai Ling.
Anyway, Bai Ling is a Royal material. She doesn’t need to Prostrate. Anyway, The Thai Elephants did their part and paid respect to the late king!
143 years ago, King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, abolished Prostration but the corrupt Field Marshal ” Sarit Thanarat” reinstated it in 1958. It’s a tool for oppression, control and obedience. Are you listening General Prayuth. The corrupt Military overturned the King’s decree. Let’s hope that new “German” king will abolish that stupid law. 143 years Backward! Enough! Rise Up! Stand Up!
The Thai king is regarded by the Thai people as god-like and semi-divine. The most common expression for referring to the king in Thailand is Prachao Yu Hua—“Lord above your head.” In the old days Thais were too awed by the king to even look at him. Instead they placed pieces of cloth on the ground for him to walk on and then placed the cloth pieces on altars of their homes.
The birthdays of the King and Queen are also celebrated as Fathers Day and Mothers Day. At these times, huge portraits and photos of them spring up all over Thailand in front of large buildings and at traffic intersections.
King Mongkut (Rama IV, ruled 1851-68) greatly reformed the monarchy and got rid of many actions that could be described as monarch worshiping. Joe Cummings wrote in the Lonely Planet guide for Thailand: “He founded the Thammayut monastic sect, based on the strict discipline he had followed as a monk. Mongkut was the first monarch to show his face to Thai commoners in public.”
Chulalongkorn (Rama V, ruled 1868–1910) got rid of public prostrations and reformed the rules that made the touching of a royal family member by commoner, a crime punishable by death. Presumably one of the reasons he did this was a tragedy that befell his family. Queen Sunanda Kumariratana, eldest daughter of King Mongkut (Rama IV), was a much loved wife and first queen of King Chulalongkorn. Unfortunately, she died at just 19 years of age, while pregnant, from drowning. The Queen was on her way to Bang Pa-in Summer Palace, on the Chao Praya River, when her boat sank. The old Siamese customs that prevented anyone from touching the queen except for the king made it impossible to save the young queen. Her only daughter, Princess Karnabhorn Bejraratana (nearly 2 years old), died with her.