Talk:Monarchy of Thailand

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Religions and kings[edit]

A drop-in editor remarked: (Removed assertion that Buddhism is the national religion of Thailand. It is not. It is simply 'a religion' widely practiced in Thailand.)

At its most simple, that is correct. 2007 Constitution of Thailand says of Religion: Drafters came under pressure from religious groups to name Buddhism as the national religion.... Their demands were not met, for good reason: Buddhism has no mechanism for certifying kings. If anything can be said to constitute the "national religion" of Thailand it would have to be the historical Vedic religion, rites of which, such as the Royal Ploughing Ceremony and the Swing Ceremony establish — i.e., give a foundation for — the monarch's bona fides. Origin in the article explains how it came about, but all monarchs everywhere must have their bona fides certified by some religious process, which Buddhism abjures.

Note also the 2007 Constitution [Wikisource translation]:

  • Section 8 (Position of the King) The King shall be enthroned in a position of revered worship and shall not be violated.
position, not the person, is the object of revered worship.
  • Section 9 (The King and the Faiths)

The King is a Buddhist and Defender of all Faiths.

--Pawyilee (talk) 13:11, 1 December 2010 (UTC)


If you have a look at this Facebook page advocating republicanism in Thailand, you'll see that, at the time of writing at least, very many of its 'fans' have a crossed out 112 on their profile pictures. What might 112 mean in this context? Beorhtwulf (talk) 19:40, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

112 refers to the Lèse majesté laws in Thailand. More specifically, 112 refers to the Thai Criminal Code section 112, making it illegal to defame, insult or threaten the king, queen, heir-apparent or regent. See the Lèse majesté in Thailand article for more information. DoverRover (talk) 11:31, 14 October 2016 (UTC)
Thank you DoverRover, you've solved the mystery. Beorhtwulf (talk) 22:02, 8 March 2017 (UTC)

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The death of the King[edit]

With the death of the king, the article should have a lots of new photos, especially the upcoming coronation and such. Why is there no photo of the new king? He was Crown prince forever.Arglebargle79 (talk) 12:28, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

He is not yet King. But yeah photos will should be added. -Ad Orientem (talk) 14:21, 14 October 2016 (UTC)