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Rethinking Anthropological Models of Spirit Possession and Theravada Buddhism

Erick White

South and Southeast Asian Theravada Buddhism guided initial work in the anthropology of Buddhism during the 1960s and 1970s, producing a variety of classic studies by anthropologists such as Gananath Obeyesekere (1963) , Melford Spiro (1970) , Stanley

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Belonging in a New Myanmar

Identity, Law, and Gender in the Anthropology of Contemporary Buddhism

Juliane Schober

universe they embody. Showing how Theravada Buddhist literature, practices, and discourse have shaped local and regional histories has allowed scholars to go beyond received distinctions between text and practice in the study of Theravada Buddhism

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Introduction

Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

by the dominance of scholarship on Theravāda (the Doctrine of the Elders) Buddhism, a range of forms found primarily in Sri Lanka and most of continental Southeast Asia. Theravāda Buddhism has often been perceived to embody a closer adherence to the

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So What Is the Anthropology of Buddhism About?

David N. Gellner

Enlightenment influence (ibid.: 150–151). Some have argued that Theravāda Buddhism provides a similar strong template for proto-nationalism, that is, national identity before the age of nationalism and colonialism. In other words, certain texts, such as the

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Post-war Blood

Sacrifice, Anti-sacrifice, and the Rearticulations of Conflict in Sri Lanka

Neena Mahadev

thesis against the reformist and nationalistic conceits of vegetarianism in Sri Lankan Theravāda Buddhism, the Buddha himself had died from eating stale pork—a food item offered as dāna (alms) by a low-caste metal worker who was unaware of the provision

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Book Reviews

Ayse Serap Avanoglu, Diana Riboli, Juan Javier Rivera Andía, Annalisa Butticci, Iain R. Edgar, Matan Shapiro, Brooke Schedneck, Mark Sedgwick, Suzane de Alencar Vieira, Nell Haynes, Sara Farhan, Fabián Bravo Vega, Marie Meudec, Nuno Domingos, Heidi Härkönen, Sergio González Varela, and Nathanael Homewood

, much of Theravada Buddhism can seem remote and abstract. Recently, a number of ethnographic works have described Thai Buddhism in practice, as it is lived in communities of non-religious experts ( Cook 2010 ; Eberhardt 2006 ; Kitiarsa 2012 ; McDaniel

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Ritual Tattooing and the Creation of New Buddhist Identities

An Inquiry into the Initiation Process in a Burmese Organization of Exorcists

Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière

mainstream Theravada Buddhism. In this regard, initiation into the exorcists’ congregation highlights the specificity of this unique lay Buddhist rituality. Rather than seeking salvation mainly in merits obtained through donations and relying on the

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The Ethics of Collective Sponsorship

Virtuous Action and Obligation in Contemporary Tibet

Jane Caple

Thamanya Hsayadaw in Burma .” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 10 ( 3 ): 495 – 515 . 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2004.00199.x Schober , Juliane . 1989 . “ Paths to Enlightenment: Theravāda Buddhism in Upper Burma .” PhD diss. , University of