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Rethinking Anthropological Models of Spirit Possession and Theravada Buddhism

Erick White

Theravada Buddhist societies expanded in scope and participants over time. In the mid-twentieth century, Manning Nash’s (1966) edited volume laid the initial foundation in the English-language scholarly literature for a cross-cultural (yet still sectarian

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So What Is the Anthropology of Buddhism About?

David N. Gellner

study of communalism and ethno-nationalism, Turek on emotion and charisma, and White with spirit possession. This collection of case studies provides a good overview of the range of work on Buddhism, both Mahāyāna and Theravāda, that is now being done

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Uncertainty, Risk, and Merit-Making

Tea Economy and Religious Practices in a Southern Yunnan Bulang Community

Zhen Ma

practices in Theravada Buddhist communities that directly interact with the economy ( Keyes 1983 ; O'Connor 1986 ; Pfanner and Ingersoll 1962 ; Spiro 1966 , 1982 ; Tan Leshan 2005; Wilson 1985 ), wealth and risk/uncertainty are part of a triangular, not

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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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“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

Theravada and Mahayana concepts and practices it expounds and purports to enact. Thus, MWKGF questions traditional representations of samsara as well as the Mahayana concept of the illusoriness of the phenomenal world and of the self from the perspective

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Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

by the dominance of scholarship on Theravāda (the Doctrine of the Elders) Buddhism, a range of forms found primarily in Sri Lanka and most of continental Southeast Asia. Theravāda Buddhism has often been perceived to embody a closer adherence to the

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On Rewriting Buddhism

Or, How Not to Write a History

Ananda Abeysekara

—which is still largely dominated by white scholars and is ghettoized by the insistence on the production of an area studies archive—echoes the legacy of the politics of colonial knowledge production. The field continues to churn out studies of Theravada and

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Pali and Monastic Reform

A Response to Ananda Abeysekara

Alastair Gornall

. Bechert , Heinz . 1970 . “ Theravāda Buddhist Sangha: Some General Observations on Historical and Political Factors in its Development .” Journal of Asian Studies 29 ( 4 ): 761 – 778 . Bechert , Heinz . 1973

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Imitations of Buddhist Statecraft

The Patronage of Lao Buddhism and the Reconstruction of Relic Shrines and Temples in Colonial French Indochina

Patrice Ladwig

domains of architecture and religion. Cambodia and Laos were subject to quite similar colonial politics rooted, for example, in the fact that both had Theravāda Buddhist kingship and statecraft as forms of indigenous political organization. For French

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Post-war Blood

Sacrifice, Anti-sacrifice, and the Rearticulations of Conflict in Sri Lanka

Neena Mahadev

thesis against the reformist and nationalistic conceits of vegetarianism in Sri Lankan Theravāda Buddhism, the Buddha himself had died from eating stale pork—a food item offered as dāna (alms) by a low-caste metal worker who was unaware of the provision