THE GALACTIC POLITY: THE STRUCTURE OF TRADITIONAL KINGDOMS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA *

@article{Tambiah1977THEGP,
  title={THE GALACTIC POLITY: THE STRUCTURE OF TRADITIONAL KINGDOMS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA *},
  author={Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  year={1977},
  volume={293}
}
  • S. Tambiah
  • Published 1 July 1977
  • Art
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
I have coined the label galactic polity to represent the design of traditional Southeast Asian kingdoms, a design that coded in a composite way cosmological, topographical, and politico-economic features. The label itself is derived from the concept of mandala, which according to a common Indo-Tibetan tradition is composed of two elements-a core (rnanda) and a container or enclosing element (la). Mandala designs, both simple and complex of satellites arranged around a center, occur with such… 

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