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Afterword

So What Is the Anthropology of Buddhism About?

David N. Gellner

Perrière, and others, the anthropology of Buddhism may be achieving more unity of purpose and more self-consciousness than it has had for a long time. I also stand by another conclusion from 1990—that the question of authenticity has always had meaning for

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Portrait

Eileen Barker

Linda Woodhead, James T. Richardson, Martyn Percy, Catherine Wessinger, and Eileen Barker

sociology of religion often fails to see itself as a construction of reality, social or otherwise. It needs a self-consciousness. As Catherine Bell (1996: 188) points out: “That we construct ‘religion’ and ‘science’ is not the main problem: that we forget

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Introduction

Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

this larger project. As David Gellner comments in the afterword to this special section, “the anthropology of Buddhism today may be achieving more unity of purpose and more self-consciousness than it has had for a long time.” We hope to witness further