III. The Postclassical Period, 500–1500 > C. South and Southeast Asia, 500–1500 > 2. Southeast Asia, 500–900 > b. Mainland Southeast Asia
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(See Burma (Pagan))
 
b. Mainland Southeast Asia
 
Dvaravati settlements in central Thailand (6th–11th centuries). During the early centuries C.E., the Khmer peoples of the Menam Valley came under the influence of Indian civilization, and about the 6th century there was organized, in the region of Lopburi, the kingdom of Dvaravati, which was Buddhist rather than Brahman in religion, and from which, during the 8th century, migrants to the upper Menam Valley established the independent and predominantly Buddhist kingdom of Haripunjaya (See Siam), with its capital near the present Chiang Mai.  1
 
 
 
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