The galactic polity in Southeast Asia

  title={The galactic polity in Southeast Asia},
  author={Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah},
  journal={HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory},
  pages={503 - 534}
  • S. Tambiah
  • Published 1 September 2013
  • Art
  • HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
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 (manda) 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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