Nestled in Thailand's beautiful countryside, just two hours outside of Bangkok, Tawaravadee Resort, BW Signature Collection by Best Western has been inspired by the region's ancient Dvaravati
3000 BC-539 BC) Taiwan China Tanzania Swahili city-states (eighth century or ninth century-sixteenth century) Sukuma tribes (fourteenth-nineteenth century) Thailand Dvaravati
Kingdoms (sixth century-thirteenth century) Trinidad and Tobago Colony (1498-early nineteenth century) Turkey Seljuk Rum Sultanate (1077-1308); Ottoman Empire (c.
Subhadradis Diskul, The sculpture of Thailand (Sydney: Visual Arts Board, 1977); Louis Frederic, The temples and sculptures of Southeast Asia (London: Thames & Hudson, 1965); Robert Brown, The Dvaravati
wheels of the law and the Indianization of South East Asia (Leiden: Brill, 1996); Gauri Devi, Hindu deities in Thai art (Varanasi: Aditya Prakashan, 1998).
In this connection it is interesting to note that the Avasyakacurni (I 460.9-461.13) tells a story about two doctors at the city of Dvaravati
, the good doctor Vaitarani, who treats Jaina monks kindly and prescribes suitable remedies, and the bad doctor Dhanvantari, who treats them harshly and prescribes unsuitable remedies.
He uses quantitative and demographic evidence to estimate the size and extent of Buddhist communities in the Khorat Plateau during the Dvaravati
In the middle years of the tenth century, the encounter between the Dvaravati
towns and the kingdom of Cambodia was a two-way street, with Khmer stylistic elements entering Dvaravati
workshops and Buddhist subjects becoming increasingly important in Cambodia.
It may also be suggested that this concept was developed further in succeeding periods where walled settlements of much larger size developed, often around Iron Age moated sites, during the Dvaravati
Some go back to the cultural phase known as the Mon or Dvaravati
, an independent kingdom that flourished in southern Thailand from the 6th to the 11th centuries.
Archaeologists and art historians use newly-available data to reappraise the emergence of some of the region's first named polities: DvaravatI
, Funan, Zhenia, Pyu and Mon.
The welcome ingress of new cross-disciplinary study and reflection on the Mon polity of "Dvaravati
", the Peninsula and the Mon and Khmer cultures of the Khorat Plateau further northeast is something of a patchwork because of the conference proceedings formula, though the editors did go outside the conference to buttress the content.
According to Edward Schafer fire orbs (huozhu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) were not only obtained from Rakshasa (Luocha), but also from Bali, DvaravatI
, Kashmir, and Japan (Schafer 1963:237-239).
The visitor is left with the impression that Srivijaya was a proto-Siamese state--one of several political and cultural precursors to modern Thailand, including Dvaravati
, Sukhothai, and Ayutthaya.