Sacred Mountains of Northern Thailand and Their Legendsby Silkworm Books
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By Donald K. Swearer, Sommai Premchit, Phaithoon Dokbuakaew
Drawing on the legendary histories of three mountains in the region—Doi Ang Salung Chiang Dao, Doi Suthep, and Doi Kham—coauthor Donald Swearer explores the various ways that mountains in northern Thailand are seen as sacred space, and therefore as an environment to be respected rather than exploited. This volume presents, in English translation, the stories associated with these sacred sites as recorded in the legendary chronicles, or tamnan, of the region. In preserving the fascinating folklore of these sacred mountains, the authors contribute to the preservation of the mountains themselves.