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Title: ROYAL CORONATIONS: WINDOWS UPON HISTORICAL TRANSITION IN BHUTAN, 1907-2008
Authors: NGAWANG DRAKPA
Keywords: coronation ritual, legitimacy, historical transition, change and continuity
Issue Date: 26-Jul-2013
Source: NGAWANG DRAKPA (2013-07-26). ROYAL CORONATIONS: WINDOWS UPON HISTORICAL TRANSITION IN BHUTAN, 1907-2008. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis examines the coronation ceremonies of these five kings, between 1907 and 2008, and reflects upon the profound changes that have taken place under their reigns and the larger impact of these changes on the Bhutanese society. An attempt is made to analyse the different forces and influences, both internal and external, which contributed to the process of change and transformation. The establishment of monarchy marked a historical turning point in Bhutan, signifying a transition towards stability and political unity. The thesis looks upon each royal coronation as a critical moment which provides a window to look at this process of historical transition in Bhutan. This thesis argues that coronations have been used, not only as symbolic and political rituals, but also as means to establish the political legitimacy of the monarch and to represent his status and power. It also shows the change and continuity in coronation practices and the ways in which the political ritual itself has been employed to represent national unity and identity.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/51989
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