The Triple Supremacy

Gary L. Atkins

in Imagining Gay Paradise

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083237
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209305 | DOI:
The Triple Supremacy

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At the same time Walter Spies was beginning his work in Bali in the 1920s, the reign of King Vajiravudh in Siam was closing. This chapter explores the challenges that faced the king and the impact he had on shaping ideals of gender and manhood in what would become the modern nation-state of Thailand. It details the pressure that Europeans brought to bear on the Siamese to change their gender and sexual understandings and the ironic role that this king, whom many scholars note may have been homosexual, took in promoting a new ideal of manhood that would incorporate the European “triple supremacy” of monogamous heterosexual romance into Thai culture.

Keywords: Vajiravudh; manhood; monogamy; Walter Spies; gender

Chapter.  5859 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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