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Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

decline, even if it proves to be creative in this very sphere, as well as aspiring to expand beyond it ( Nelson 2014 ). Another important component of many Buddhist ritual cultures that has attracted significant scholarly attention is pilgrimage: see, for

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“SpiritS Follow the words”

Stories as Spirit Traces among the Khmu of Northern Laos

Rosalie Stolz

backward. In his study of ritualized gifting to the spirits of the deceased during the Lao Buddhist ritual of boun khau salak , Patrice Ladwig (2011: 24) proposes the use of the concept of trace, understood as “a track, a footprint, or an imprint” that

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Citizenship in religious clothing?

Navayana Buddhism and Dalit emancipation in late 1990s Uttar Pradesh

Nicolas Jaoul

rituals have become more easily accessible to Dalits in the villages than in the past, when untouchability was strictly practiced, Buddhist ritual requirements to go to Kanpur’s Boddh Vihar or to convince the bikshu to come to the village have made these

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Uncertainty, Risk, and Merit-Making

Tea Economy and Religious Practices in a Southern Yunnan Bulang Community

Zhen Ma

syncretic concept. 7 Although blessing often relates to powerful beings while merit is seen as the return for offerings to monastics (ibid.: 187–191), both involve making offerings to the Buddha as the most powerful being (ibid.: 187). Sponsoring a Buddhist

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The Politics of Ritual Form(ation) in Contemporary Mongolia

Elizabeth Turk

’ characteristics of nomadism. The influential Mongolist Banzarov, and later Heissig and Bawden, employ Hume's two-tier model of religion, separating out philosophical readings of religion for the elite from the ‘superstitious’ practices of the masses. Buddhist

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Spiritually Enmeshed, Socially Enmeshed

Shamanism and Belonging in Ulaanbaatar

Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko

wealth and power were a common theme in discussions with my interlocutors. Many told me that wealthy families in Ulaanbaatar seek expensive Buddhist rituals both as a way of assuring the continuation of their power and wealth and as a means to appease any

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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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Belonging in a New Myanmar

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

Juliane Schober

sponsoring large Buddhist rituals that ensured better rebirths for all citizens of the state. Some Burmese saw in the state’s appropriation of Buddhist symbols a moral vindication of the military dictatorship and a repudiation of the violence and political

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Assessing and Adapting Rituals That Reproduce a Collectivity

The Large-Scale Rituals of the Repkong Tantrists in Tibet

Nicolas Sihlé

Samuel , 165 – 185 . Leiden : Brill . Sihle , Nicolas . 2013b . Rituels bouddhiques de pouvoir et de violence: La figure du tantriste tibetain [Buddhist rituals of power and violence: The figure of the Tibetan tantrist]. Turnhout : Brepols

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“Like a Dream, an Illusion, a Drop of Dew, a Flash of Lightning”

Buddhist (Un)reality, Thought Experiments, and the “Ecological Dharma Eye” in Lu Yang's Material World Knight Game Film

Livia Monnet

. The interaction of these two objects in tantric Buddhist ritual is believed to lead to enlightenment. 11 In Tibetan Buddhism, the dharmapāla s are a group of eight protective deities usually represented as wrathful and ferocious. Mahakala and