In a country obsessed with oracles and fortune telling, few are more famous than one prophecy on Thailand’s political future. It has existed for years — some claim to have first read it in the 1980s — and continues to resurface periodically on the internet.

Written as poetry, the prophecy predicted that as the ninth reign nears a close, a political crisis will envelop the nation. Riots, the prophecy said, will happen, leading to bloodshed. Political division will be immense and the nation will be difficult to govern.

But the poem ends on a positive note. “Siam will become civilized, standing up after a great storm,” it declares. The masses will lead the country towards “a new era of the people.”

The country’s problems will cease. And so, “with faith, Thailand will exit the crisis, once the sky is golden and bright.” 

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Published by Ken Lohatepanont

Writer from Bangkok, Thailand; currently a student at the University of California, Berkeley. Enthusiastic about democratic development, international relations and all things politics. I believe in writing to facilitate positive political and social change.

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