On the second day of his coronation activities, Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Sunday granted new titles to members of the royal family in front of an audience of dignitaries including top government officials and senior Buddhist monks. Vajiralongkorn was formally crowned as divine Monarch on Saturday. The king donned the 7.3 kg (16 lb) Great Crown of Victory as part of the elaborate coronation ceremonies mixing Buddhist and Hindu Brahmin traditions.
The coronation, which is a three-day ceremony began today. He was crowned king after an extended mourning period for his revered father. This will be the first such ceremony in 69 years since his father Bhumibol Adulyadej died two years ago, Adulyadej became Thailand’s monarch in 1950.
The ceremony which is expected to cost more than $30 million is an interesting mix of Buddhist and Brahminical rituals, symbolically declaring the king as devaraja (God-king) and upholder of Buddhism in Thailand.
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A monarch’s coronation is given the utmost priority in Thailand, where kings have traditionally long held a divine status, and that is reflected in some astounding numbers.