Ayutthaya, in honour of king
Naresuan the Great (fig.),
who in 1593 defeated the Burmese crown prince in Nong Sarai, in a duel
fought on war elephants (fig.).
He is depicted performing a libation
ritual known as
in which he poured water onto the ground from a
pitcher, as a symbolic proclamation of the freedom the country had gained
after the latter's defeat in the duel. The king
proclaimed that Siamese sovereignty would be lasting, just as the water
couldn't return to the pitcher once it was poured out, i.e. set free
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