Power, Protection and Magic in Thailand

The Cosmos of a Southern Policeman

Craig J. Reynolds

Published: October 2019

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biographical study of an unusual southern policeman explores the relationship
between religion and power in Thailand during the early twentieth century
when parts of the country were remote and banditry was rife. Khun Phan
(1898-2006), known as Lion Lawman, sometimes used rather too much lethal
force in carrying out his orders. He was the most famous graduate of a
monastic academy in the mid-south, whose senior teachers imparted occult
knowledge favoured by fighters on both sides of the law. Khun Phan imbibed
this knowledge to confront the risks and uncertainty that lay ahead and
bolster his confidence and self-reliance for his struggle with

Against the background of national events, the story is rooted in the
mid-south where the policeman was born and died. Based on a wide range of
works in Thai language, on field trips to the region and on interviews with
local and regional scholars as well as the policeman's descendants, this
generously illustrated book, accompanied by short video clips, brings to life
the distinctive environment of the lakes district on the Malay Peninsula.

  • Format:
  • ISBN: 9781760463168
  • Published: October 2019
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Number of pages: 214
  • Width (mm): 153
  • Height (mm): 234
  • Depth (mm): Not specified
  • Weight (g): Not specified


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