According to some sources King Norodom I of Cambodia had his personal tagalog guards to protect his body, the Sultan of Sulu had sikh guards. Probably Tagalogs and the Sikhs were reliable persons more than the people of the entourage of the Sultan of Cambodia and Sulu..
Post by insurrectomad on Mar 13, 2009 11:28:39 GMT -5
There may be a British connection regarding the Sikh guards. The Sikh Brigade was one off the finest & reliable forces in the Indian Imperial Army. To this day even British born Sikhs are eagerly accepted into regts. to-day and the Dep. High Comissioner of the Police is a Sikh. There usual strong built, tall statue and long hist. of being a warrior-people, has always made them a highly valued recruit to any sector of the armed forces or the police. The Sultan of Jolo was assisted by the British Navy in combating pirates and relations with the Muslims of the Southern isles of the Phil. had been fostered by Britain over a long time. English ships ran guns to Samar even though the Brit. Government was trying to align itself with America in the exspectation of a clash with Germany. Insurrectomad
It think it was something of a practical tradition among some royalty to hire household guardsmen from the outside so as not to look like they favor any particular tribe from within their realms.
It was a practice taken from the Roman emperors who often had Germanic bodyguards. The later Byzantine emperors who once ruled Turkey had a personal guard made up of Viking mercenaries.
More modern examples would be the king of Jordan who has a personal guard made up of cossacks. The Vatican Pope still has his own Swiss Guard.
It is fascinating to see the British influence on the uniforms of these personal guardsmen of the Sultan of Sulu. It's also quite nice to learn that Manilamen were found to be suitable elite bodyguards of the old Cambodian monarchy.
Last Edit: Mar 20, 2009 2:52:52 GMT -5 by RayAdillO