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The House of the Raja: Splendour and Desolation in Thailands Deep South Tew Bunnag

The House of the Raja: Splendour and Desolation in Thailands Deep South

Tew Bunnag

Published November 30th 2014
ISBN : 9786167339177
Hardcover
232 pages
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Forgotten in Thailand s troubled Deep South, stands a dilapidated wooden palace once home to a Malay ruler, the last of his dynasty.Locals call it the House of the Raja, a place suffused with loss and solitude, laden with the region s glorious pastMoreForgotten in Thailand s troubled Deep South, stands a dilapidated wooden palace once home to a Malay ruler, the last of his dynasty.Locals call it the House of the Raja, a place suffused with loss and solitude, laden with the region s glorious past and tragic present. Intrigued by thisdemonized, little-known borderland, photographer Xavier Comas chanced upon this mysterious house and felt compelled to delve into its past. The caretaker, a Muslim shaman who held rituals inside, invited the author to stay and initiated him into its hidden dimensions. As Comas builds a bond of trust with the inhabitants of the house, the missing pieces of its history gently fall into place, revealing an ancient culture long hidden and the building s ties to the centuries-old struggles in this contested region. Comas evocative black-and-white photographs take us into a realm of hauntings, mystic powers and fading memories. His first-hand account enthralls the reader with vivid descriptions in which the real and the magical entwine.The House of the Rajaprovides a missing key to controversial issues of legacy, belief and identity in Thailand s Muslim South.