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I read from some articles written by thai professors who states that from recent discoveries of archaeological evidences, Dvaravati is much a common style of arts appeared in the region, rather than a kingdom or any rulerdom as believed before. The statement regarding Dvarati as a kingdom of either Mon or Khmer people was done upon by french scholars who served the imperialism of their own countries for some strategical purpose.
Try reading the third paragraph: Little is known about the administration of the kingdom, or even whether it was technically a kingdom at all. It may simply have been a loose gathering of principalities rather than a centralised state.HenryFlower 10:02, 17 April 2006 (UTC)
I edit out all references to Dvaravati as a kingdom. Dvaravati comprised multiple kingdoms/principalities. The usage of the term "kingdom" in Thai (อาณาจักร) is academically more equivalent to " mandala" rather than "kingdom". Also there is no distinction between plural and singular in the Thai language. So อาณาจักรทวารวดี can mean either Dvaravati mandalas or Dvaravati Mandala. This adds confusion when Thai scholarly articles on this subject are translated into English. --Visoot (talk) 18:37, 14 December 2009 (UTC)