Theology and Philosophy

ACU Luminaries Series: Past Seminar by Professor Barend Jan Terwiel

The Role of Cosmology in Thai Buddhism

The Treatise on the Three Worlds was written in the middle of the 14th century. To the Thais it served as the guide to the cosmos for 500 years. 'Cosmic maps' were drawn, some of them of great beauty. In this lecture Professor Terwiel explains the Thai traditional worldview and the symbolism in illustrations from the oldest preserved manuscripts in relation to Buddhist philosophy.


About Professor Barend Jan Terwiel

Former Chair of Thai and Lao Languages and Literatures, Hamburg University

Professor Terwiel retired in 2007 from the Chair of Thai and Lao Languages and Literatures, Hamburg University. He has written extensively on Thai history and society, including Monks and Magic (1975; reissued 2012) "Siam" Ten Ways to look at Thailand's Past (2012) and Thailand's Political History, From the 13th Century to Recent Times (2011). Most of his articles can be downloaded from academia.edu.