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Belonging in a New Myanmar

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

Juliane Schober

Recent literature on Buddhism in Southeast Asia and especially Burma or Myanmar has focused on Theravada formations in traditional and modern contexts. 1 Theravada civilizations, in particular, are characterized by elite institutions, by their use

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Ken MacLean

consequently offers a strategic entry point into perceptions of different classes of risk and the strategies adopted toward managing them. Myanmar is the third most landmine-contaminated country in the world after Afghanistan and Colombia. According to

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Dancing with the Junta Again

Mistreatment of Women Activists by the Tatmadaw Following the Military Coup in Myanmar

A. A. (Myanmar Researcher) and Liv S. Gaborit

On 1 February, when the newly elected officials were supposed to be sworn in as Members of Parliament a military coup took place in Myanmar. In the past, Myanmar has been ruled by military juntas for more than half a century, but within the last

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“We Owe a Historical Debt to No One”

The Reappropriation of Photographic Images from a Museum Collection

Helen Mears

images held within a UK museum collection. Created by a British colonial officer cum amateur anthropologist engaged in documenting the frontier areas of northern Burma in the early twentieth century, 1 the use of these images within the music video

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Connecting and Disconnecting

Exploring Prisoners’ Relations with the Outside World in Myanmar

Andrew M. Jefferson and Tomas Max Martin

thanakha is the reason that Burmese women have such a lovely skin. … He peels the plastic wrap off one of the bars and smells it: the faint scent returns him to a childhood morning, when he left the house in a sulk because she forced him to go to school

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Tiffany Pollock

influx of laborers from Myanmar. 1 Burmese men typically arrive in Thailand independently through irregular channels in their teen and preteen years. Most go to tourist areas or large cities to look for work, and many who arrive on the tourist islands

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Wenyi Zhang and F.K.L. Chit Hlaing

This article outlines three historical transitions in Kachin chieftaincy in Burma and China. Picking up where the three main theoretical models in the literature leave off (the models of Leach, Nugent and Friedman), we put forward an analysis of Kachin sociopolitical organization using new China-based material. We compare this with Burma-based material in the literature, and re-analyse the interactions between the internal dynamics of Kachin chieftaincy and the politico-economic systems in Southwestern China and Northern Burma. We argue that Kachin chieftaincy in Burma and in China shared the same logic, although this logic was manifested differently in the two countries. We offer new material for understanding the lowland polities and upland chieftaincy in Southwestern China and mainland Southeast Asia.

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Steve Kwok-Leung Chan

Labor migration is no longer a single-directional flow from developing states to developed states. South–South labor migration has become a common phenomenon during the post–industrial era. In Southeast Asia, Myanmar is a quintessential labor

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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

Next to the busy entrance of Bago (formerly known as Pegu) stand the headquarters of the Manaw Seittokpad congregation, a relatively well-known organization of Burmese Buddhist exorcists. This congregation is already known through Patrick Pranke

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On the Trails of Free-Roaming Elephants

Human-Elephant Mobility and History across the Indo-Myanmar Highlands

Paul G. Keil

concurrent and across generations. Focusing on the mountainous region that defines the Indo-Myanmar border, this article will examine two historical accounts that document in detail how people traveled along elephant trails. It will begin by engaging Shell