Phra Dabot (พระดาบส)
Thai. ‘Anchorite’. Another term for
i.e. a hermit or an ascetic, a character who in traditional Thai literature is usually
identified with wisdom, the sage to whom people turn for advise. As such, the
name was chosen for a royal project initiated in 1976 by King
in order to provide non-informal education for those who lack the means
necessary to enroll in formal education, akin to the hermits in folktales, in
which anybody wishing to gain knowledge would go to the woods to find a hermit.
If the hermit was convinced the person had sufficient determination, he would
provide them with both practical and moral teachings. Often transcribed Phra
Dabos, especially when used for the royal project, which is in English known as
the Phra Dabos Project or the Phra Dabos Foundation.
USE OF THAI CONSONANTS.