The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets

Author: Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521277877

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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The central actors in this book are some reclusive forest-dwelling ascetic meditation masters who have been acclaimed as 'saints' in contemporary Thailand. These saints originally pursued their salvation quest among the isolated villages of the country's periphery, but once recognized as holy men endowed with charisma, they became the radiating centres of a country-wide cult of amulets. The amulets, blessed by the saints, are avidly sought by royalty, ruling generals, intelligentsia and common folk alike for their alleged powers to influence the success of worldly transactions, whether political, economic, martial or romantic.
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Encyclopedia of Monasticism

Author: William M. Johnston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113678716X

Category: Reference

Page: 2000

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Religious Commodifications in Asia

Marketing Gods

Author: Pattana Kitiarsa

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134074441

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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This book addresses the growing academic concerns of the market-religion convergences in Asia. Bringing together a group of leading scholars from Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, it discusses multiple issues regarding religious commodifications and their consequences across Asia’s diverse religious traditions. Covering key issues in the anthropology and sociology of contemporary Asian religion, it draws theoretical implications for the study of religions in the light of the shift of religious institutions from traditional religious beliefs to material prosperity. The fact that religions compete with each other in a ‘market of faiths’ is also at the core of the analysis. The contributions show how ordinary people and religious institutions in Asia adjusted to, and negotiated with, the penetrative forces of a global market economy into the region’s changing religio-cultural landscapes. An excellent contribution to the growing demands of ethnographically and theoretically updated interpretations of Asian religions, Religious Commodifications in Asia will be of interest to scholars of Asian religion and new religious movements.
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The Ascetic Self

Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition

Author: Gavin Flood

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521604017

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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This 2004 book is about the ascetic self in the scriptural religions of Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. The author claims that asceticism can be understood as the internalisation of tradition, the shaping of the narrative of a life in accordance with the narrative of tradition that might be seen as the performance of the memory of tradition. Such a performance contains an ambiguity or distance between the general intention to eradicate the will, or in some sense to erase the self, and the affirmation of will in ascetic performance such as weakening the body through fasting. Asceticism must therefore be seen in the context of ritual. The book also offers a paradigm for comparative religion more generally, one that avoids the inadequate choices of either examining religions through overarching categories on the one hand and the abandoning of any comparative endeavour that focuses purely on area-specific study on the other.
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Living Karma

The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

Author: Beverley Foulks McGuire

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231537778

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Ouyi Zhixu (1599–1655) was an eminent Chinese Buddhist monk who, contrary to his contemporaries, believed karma could be changed. Through vows, divination, repentance rituals, and ascetic acts such as burning and blood writing, he sought to alter what others understood as inevitable and inescapable. Drawing attention to Ouyi's unique reshaping of religious practice, Living Karma reasserts the significance of an overlooked individual in the modern development of Chinese Buddhism. While Buddhist studies scholarship tends to privilege textual analysis, Living Karma promotes a balanced study of ritual practice and writing, treating Ouyi's texts as ritual objects and his reading and writing as religious acts. Each chapter addresses a specific religious practice—writing, divination, repentance, vows, and bodily rituals—offering first a diachronic overview of each practice within the history of Chinese Buddhism and then a synchronic analysis of each phenomenon through close readings of Ouyi's work. This book sheds much-needed light on a little-known figure and his representation of karma, which proved to be a seminal innovation in the religious thought of late imperial China.
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The Buddhist Forum

Author: T. Skorupski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135751811

Category: Social Science

Page: 302

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First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Mediums, Monks, and Amulets

Thai Popular Buddhism Today

Author: Pattana Kitiarsa

Publisher: Silkworm Books

ISBN: 1630417572

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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Mediums, Monks, and Amulets is a sophisticated yet accessible study of the state of popular Buddhist beliefs as they are practiced in Thailand today. Using a combination of focused case studies and analysis, Pattana Kitiarsa explores the nature and evolution of popular Buddhism over the past three decades by focusing on those individuals who practice, popularize, and profit from it. The case studies profiled in this book include prominent spirit mediums and magic monks, the lottery fever surrounding the posthumous cult of folk singer, Phumphuang Duangchan, the Chatukham‐Rammathep amulet craze, and the cult of wealth attributed to preeminent monk, Luang Pho Khun. It also explores the history of both popular and official opinion surrounding supernatural Buddhism and its clashes with the rationalist, modernizing policies of Thailand’s monarchy and government. Mediums, Monks, and Amulets contests the viewpoint that supernatural elements within popular Buddhism are a symptom of the decline of the religion. Instead, it argues that this hybridity between traditional Buddhist beliefs and elements from other religions is in fact a symptom of the health and wealth of Buddhism, as it negotiates large‐scale commercialization and global modernity. What others are saying “Pattana Kitiarsa’s ability to weave his personal experiences in with sophisticated anthropological methods makes this book a fascinating and moving read. It is a welcome addition to the field and should be read by everyone interested in religion and modernity in Southeast Asia and beyond.”—Justin McDaniel, author of Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words (2008) and The Lovelorn Ghost and Magical Monk (2011) “Medium, Monks, and Amulets sheds light on the changing landscape of contemporary Thai religion that is increasingly influenced by ‘prosperity cults’ from both inside and outside the Buddhist establishment. This book helps us to make sense of the religious universe, where magic monks, spirit mediums, amulets, deities, and other religious commodities of different sorts keep appearing endlessly.”—Phra Paisal Visalo Highlights • Focused case studies on individual cult practices, including magic monks, spirit mediums, amulet cults, and other prosperity cults • Written by the perspective of an anthropologist who is also a follower of popular Buddhism • Discusses not only the interaction of popular Buddhist practices with modern‐day lawmakers, but also of nineteenth‐century royal interaction with supernatural cults
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Anthropos

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Ethnology

Page: N.A

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Sacred Biography in the Buddhist Traditions of South and Southeast Asia

Author: Juliane Schober

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 366

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"Sacred Biography brings together the erudite scholarship of major scholars in the field who enhance our knowledge of Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia. The combination of thematic depth and theoretical sophistication makes this volume innovative reading for all scholars with comparative interests in the study of religion, history, and anthropology."--BOOK JACKET
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Power and Prayer

Religious and Political Processes in Past and Present

Author: Mart Bax

Publisher: Vu University Press Amsterdam

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 308

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Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

Author: Bron Taylor

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441122788

Category: Religion

Page: 992

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The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, originally published in 2005, is a landmark work in the burgeoning field of religion and nature. It covers a vast and interdisciplinary range of material, from thinkers to religious traditions and beyond, with clarity and style. Widely praised by reviewers and the recipient of two reference work awards since its publication (see www.religionandnature.com/ern), this new, more affordable version is a must-have book for anyone interested in the manifold and fascinating links between religion and nature, in all their many senses.
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Forests, farmers and the state

environmentalism and resistance in northeastern Thailand

Author: Amare Tegbaru

Publisher: Coronet Books Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 289

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Forest monks and the nation-state

an anthropological and historical study in northeastern Thailand

Author: J. L. Taylor

Publisher: Inst of Southeast Asian Studies

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 377

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The Ascendancy of Theravāda Buddhism in Southeast Asia

Author: Prapod Assavavirulhakarn,Praphōt ʻAtsawawirunhakān

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789749511947

Category: History

Page: 272

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The Ascendancy of Theravada Buddhismis a comprehensive study of the advent of Buddhism in South-East Asia, especially in Thailand during the first millennium CE. The author, Prapod Assavavirulhakarn, presents new ideas about the ancient cultural geography of South and South-East Asia, bringing fresh insights To The perennial problem of "Indianization" - the translation of ideas, ideals, and technologies from India to societies across the Bay of Bengal. Prapod examines existing theories and finds them wanting. His presentation of the early Buddhist period challenges established opinions and offers alternative views of the complexities and uncertainties that uniquely shaped Buddhism. His interpretations are grounded in primary sources, including Sanskrit, Pali and Chinese inscriptions.The Ascendancy of Theravada Buddhismis a welcome advance in the study of the neglected field of early Thai Buddhism. Prapod Assavavirulhakarn is assistant professor and Head of the Department of Eastern Languages at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, where he is also dean of the Faculty of Arts.
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Religion and the Environment

Author: Roger S. Gottlieb

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415558204

Category: Nature

Page: 4

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In the last two decades a new form of religiously motivated social action and a virtually new field of academic study each based in recognition of the connections between religion and humanity 's treatment of the environment have developed. Interactions between religion and environmental concern have been manifest in the explosive growth of ecotheological writings, institutional commitment by organized religions, and environmental activism explicitly oriented to religious ideals. Clergy throughout the world in virtually every denomination have received word from leaders of their religion that the environment no less than sexuality, poverty, or war and peace is now a basic and compelling religious matter. Out of this confrontation have been born vital new theologies based in the recovery of marginalized elements of tradition, profound criticisms of the past, and ecologically oriented visions of God, the Sacred, the Earth, and human beings. Theologians from every religious tradition along with dozens of non-denominational spiritual writers have confronted world religions past attitudes towards nature. In the realm of institutional commitment, public statements and actions by organized religions have grown dramatically. In the context of political action, throughout the U.S. and the world religiously oriented groups take part in environmentally oriented political action: from lobbying and consciousness raising to activist demonstrations and civil disobedience. This collection serves as a comprehensive introduction, overview, and in-depth account of these exciting new developments. The four volumes cover virtually every aspect of the field from theological change and institutional commitment to innovation in liturgy, from new ecumenical connections among different religions and between religion, science and environmental movements, from religious participation in environmental politics to an account of the global social and political contexts in which religious environmentalism has unfolded.
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Fifteen Generations of Bretons

Kinship and Society in Lower Brittany, 1720-1980

Author: Martine Segalen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 323

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Socially Engaged Buddhism for the New Millenium

Essays in Honor of the Ven. Phra Dhammapitaka (Bhikkhu P.A. Payutto) on His 60th Birthday Anniversary

Author: Prayut,Pipob Udomittipong

Publisher: Suksit Siam

ISBN: 9789742601546

Category: Religion

Page: 536

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Cooking, Care, and Domestication

A Culinary Ethnography of the Tai Yong, Northern Thailand

Author: Ing-Britt Trankell

Publisher: Coronet Books Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Cooking

Page: 205

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