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HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is the third child of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX) and H.M. Queen Sirikit. She was born on Saturday the 2nd of April B.E. 2498 (C.E. 1955).

Because of her fascination for reading, she has been a genius in composition since she was a young student. She is very proficient in languages, literature, history, and art. She also sacrifices her time for the public interest, pays attention to the livelihood development of rural people, and learns much about all of the Thai ethnic groups.

With her particular interest in the social and anthropological fields, she furthered her education with a master’s degree in the Eastern Languages, Pali and Sanskrit. Later, she moved on to her doctoral degree in Development Education at Srinakharinwirot University, and successfully completed it.

Work Room of Villages and Inhabitants

Every time she pays visits to the inhabitants of remote areas, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of King Rama IX is attracted by the ways of life as well as the cultures of diverse ethnic groups. She has observed, investigated, and noted down attentively with no conceit. These flawless behaviours of hers are regarded as the key to operate in the anthropological field, that is, “Understanding, Accessibility, and Development”, and these concepts were eventually formed into numerous beneficial royal initiative projects.

All throughout the journeys of her exploration and royal duties, both in the country and overseas, “Rak Thai”, the common cultural bond of Southeast Asian ethnic groups with deep relations, has been reflected. This bond was the origin of the identities of regional dwellers in “Southeast Asia”, the intangible heritage that was transferred through various types of cuisines, attire, residences, medicine, languages, music, and performing arts. The princess has reported all involved stories through her literary works and taken photographs, which have been excellent sources of information regarding history, folk wisdom, and cultures. These masterpieces of hers signify that she is an authentic “Princess of Anthropology”.

The Princess’ Literary Works and Art Works

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of King Rama IX has been fond of reading as well as writing since she was young. She, therefore, is very competent in both Thai and foreign liberal arts. She has written down many incidents systematically, and analyzed and processed all of the information until it was crystallized into valuable knowledge. Then, she conveyed it through her academic literary works, including more than 100 volumes of prose and verse. Furthermore, she has also created a large amount of her own art, including cartoons, oil paintings, ink drawings, and sculptures, for instance.

Anthropology in the Life of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

As a result of the royal wishes and flawless behaviours of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of King Rama IX with the determination to embed historical consciousness into the hearts of the Thai people, along with the heritage of the nation and the pride of our own cultural identity and of others by relying on “Faith and Wisdom”, there has been an ongoing endeavour to shape and develop strong and sustainable communities.

Hence, the princess always gives precedence to anthropological, social, and cultural works as well as associated sciences such as history, linguistics, archaeology, and the history of art. She has stated that Thailand should provide centres that provide information in these fields so as to serve scholars and any other interested persons.

Literary Work

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