Chou Ta Kuan; Zho Daguan Quotes

When the king goes out, his troops lead the vanguard. Then come flags, pennants, and musicians. From three to five hundred girls of the palace follow… After them other girls of the palace carry spears and shields—the private guard of the Prince. Courtiers and princes ride elephants … behind them come the king’s wives and concubines … At the end the king stands on an elephant with a precious sword in his hand. The elephants tusks have golden sheaths. Many elephants crowd around the king and his escort.




Chou Ta Kuan, 13th Century, [Zho Daguan], Member of the Chinese Mission visiting Vietnam, Description of the pomp and circumstance of the king at Angkor, 1296

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