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Uncertainty, Risk, and Merit-Making

Tea Economy and Religious Practices in a Southern Yunnan Bulang Community

Zhen Ma

's external uncertainties and risks, they do provide powerful shock absorbers for the Bulang, who practice Theravada Buddhism and worship spirit cults. The Bulang ideology of merit is complicated by the broader concept of blessing, which is especially

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On Rewriting Buddhism

Or, How Not to Write a History

Ananda Abeysekara

medieval Pali texts as “imitations” of Sanskrit works owing to their “intellectual chauvinism” (8). Scholars, Gornall says, had neglected the Pali texts because they thought that “medieval Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka was conservative and culturally

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Pali and Monastic Reform

A Response to Ananda Abeysekara

Alastair Gornall

: Buddhasāsanasamiti . Silber , Ilana Friedrich . 1995 . Virtuosity, Charisma, and Social Order: A Comparative Sociological Study of Monasticism in Theravada Buddhism and Medieval Catholicism . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . Siri Paññāmoli Tissa

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Analytic Categories and Claims of Special Knowledge

David G. Robertson

these, along with Confucianism and much of Theravada Buddhism. The data set derives from the definition, not the other way around. The definition is only ‘wrong’ insomuch as it doesn't do what we want it to do. Perhaps it was never realistic to expect

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Affective Futures and Relative Eschatology in American Tibetan Buddhism

Amy Binning

Theravāda Buddhism .” Politics, Religion & Ideology 15 ( 2 ): 308 – 329 . Lakoff , Andrew . 2007 . “ Preparing for the Next Emergency .” Public Culture 19 : 247 – 271 . . Lama Thubten Zopa

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The Incitement to Fieldwork

Ward Keeler

-lamented Steve Collins who drew my attention to this arresting memoir. 8 ‘Buddhism’ refers to an enormously varied and complex stream of ideas and practices. My knowledge of ‘it’ is restricted largely to Theravada Buddhism as practiced in Burma. 9 On the

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Reality, Realism and the Future

Year 2021 in European Social Anthropology Journals

Anna Kruglova

transactions among the local tea traders in Yunnan unexpectedly finds support and moral justification in some new religious and ritualistic indictments of the local variation of Theravada Buddhism. In Critique of Anthropology , Andrew Ong and Hans Steinmüller

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Talal Asad

Talal Asad, Jonathan Boyarin, Nadia Fadil, Hussein Ali Agrama, Donovan O. Schaefer, and Ananda Abeysekara

. Rewriting Buddhism: Pali Literature and Monastic Reform in Sri Lanka, 1157–1270 . London : UCL Press . Hallisey , Charles . 1995 . “ Roads Taken and Not Taken in the Study of Theravāda Buddhism .” In Curators of the Buddha: The Study of Buddhism

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Book Reviews

Julián Antonio Moraga Riquelme, Leslie E. Sponsel, Katrien Pype, Diana Riboli, Ellen Lewin, Marina Pignatelli, Katherine Swancutt, Alejandra Carreño Calderón, Anastasios Panagiotopoulos, Sergio González Varela, Eugenia Roussou, Juan Javier Rivera Andía, Miho Ishii, Markus Balkenhol, and Marcelo González Gálvez

ethnographic research ( Orellana 2020 ). Cassaniti, a psychological and medical anthropologist at Washington State University, explores such phenomena for the lived religion of Theravāda Buddhism in Thailand, Burma, and Sri Lanka, and to a lesser extent in