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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

of ‘internal conversion’, which Clifford Geertz (1964) established while reflecting on the religious change and modernization he observed when in the field in Bali. Geertz forged this concept to encapsulate ideas about religious rationalization and

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Introduction

Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

glass effect—the fact that these congregations operate a form of internal conversion within the Burmese Buddhist religious field. Finally, shifting the angle somewhat from our focus on contrasting different parts of the Buddhist world, another key