The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets

The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets

The central actors in this book are some reclusive forest-dwelling ascetic meditation masters who have been acclaimed as 'saints' in contemporary Thailand.

Author: Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521277876

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

View: 208

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.
Categories: Social Science

Militant Buddhism

Militant Buddhism

Constructions of Buddhism: Autobiographical Moments of Western Monks'
Experiences of Thai Monastic Life. Contemporary ... The Buddhist Saints of the
Forest and the Cult of Amulets. Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural
Anthropology.

Author: Peter Lehr

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030035174

Category: Religion

Page: 306

View: 656

Against the backdrop of the ongoing Rohingya crisis, this book takes a close and detailed look at the rise of militant Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand, and especially at the issues of ‘why’ and ‘how’ around it. We are well aware of Christian fundamentalism, militant Judaism and Islamist Salafism-Jihadism. Extremist and violent Buddhism however features only rarely in book-length studies on religion and political violence. Somehow, the very idea of Buddhist monks as the archetypical ‘world renouncers’ exhorting frenzied mobs to commit acts of violence against perceived ‘enemies of the religion’ seems to be outright ludicrous. Recent events in Myanmar/Burma, but also in Thailand and Sri Lanka, however indicate that a militant strand of Theravada Buddhism is on the rise. How can this rise be explained, and what role do monks play in that regard? These are the two broad questions that this book explores.
Categories: Religion

Mind Body and Culture

Mind  Body and Culture

(Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology, 15.) 1984. The Buddhist Saints of
the Forest and the Cult of Amulets: A Study in Charisma, Hagiography,
Sectarianism and Millenial Buddhism. Cambridge University Press. 1985. Culture
, Thought ...

Author: Geoffrey Samuel

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521374111

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 930

Concerned with the aspects of human behaviour which have been traditionally described as cultural or social, the author draws on his background in physics to suggest a scientific approach involving a reconceptualization of many of our assumed concepts. Are culture, society and similar concepts from anthropology and sociology of any real use in making sense of human social life? How can we understand the relationship between the social group and the individual human beings, with their self-awareness and sense of personal identity, who make it up? Drawing on his background in physics, Dr Samuel suggests a scientific approach involving a reconceptualization of many of the concepts we take for granted. The multimodal framework, or MMF, derives from this approach. It incorporates many of the insights of social and cultural anthropology, particularly the work of Gregory Bateson and Victor Turner, as well as being influenced by recent developments in the philosophy of science and related fields. Finally, the book considers some of the implications of the MMF for biological approaches, and focuses on questions of brain structure and on evolutionary explanations for human social behaviour.
Categories: Social Science

Forest Monks and the Nation state

Forest Monks and the Nation state

An Anthropological and Historical Study in Northeastern Thailand J. L. Taylor . “
Buddhism and ... The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets.
Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology. ... Culture, Thought and Social Action
.

Author: J. L. Taylor

Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

ISBN: 9813016493

Category: Religion

Page: 377

View: 413

This book is a detailed study on the ascetic forest monk tradition in the Lao-speaking provinces of northeastern Thailand in the wake of the early twentieth century politico-religious reforms. The narrative alternates between the periphery and the capital, dealing with historic transformations and persistencies in the social field of wandering forest monks as well as the contemporary impact of this monastic tradition in the wider social and political milieu. The writer uses original ethnographic materials and provides a rare insight into the formation of monastic lineages and the local politico-religious histories of present-day northeastern Thailand.
Categories: Religion

Power and Religiosity in a Post Colonial Setting

Power and Religiosity in a Post Colonial Setting

Cambridge, Cambridge University Press 1977. ... The Buddhist Saints of the
Forest and the Cult of the Amulets. ... Princeton, Princeton University Press
Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Editors: ERNEST
GELLNER, 220 ...

Author: R. L. Stirrat

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521026504

Category: History

Page: 260

View: 893

Over the past few decades a series of Catholic shrines have sprung up in Sri Lanka which draw hundreds of pilgrims. Although best known as centres for the exorcism of the demonically possessed, their miraculous efficacy also extends to helping people find jobs and preferment, and to alleviating suffering. Dr Stirrat, who has worked in Sri Lanka over a long period, is interested both in how people behave at the shrines, and in the historical and social contexts in which the shrines have appeared. He argues that an understanding of their religious importance is intricately connected with power, religious and political. This view challenges the conventional distinction between 'religion' and 'politics', and accordingly, religious suffering is seen as a complex metaphor linking together various social domains and a means through which conflicts over power and authority can be expressed.
Categories: History

Contemporary Buddhist Ethics

Contemporary Buddhist Ethics

Also his The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1984. Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology)
and M. Carrithers, The Forest Monks of Sri Lanka: An Anthropological and
Historical Study (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1983). ... D.T. Suzuki, Zen and
Japanese Culture (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1959), p. 22f. On wabi
and sabi also ...

Author: Damien Keown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136118029

Category: Social Science

Page: 217

View: 526

This innovative volume brings together the views of leading scholars on a range of controversial subjects including human rights, animal rights, ecology, abortion, euthanasia, and contemporary business practice.
Categories: Social Science

Encyclopedia of Monasticism

Encyclopedia of Monasticism

Clarendon Press, 1971; 2nd edition as Buddhist Precept and Practice: Traditional
Buddhism in the Rural Highlands of Ceylon, ... Walpola, The Heritage of the
Bhikkhu: A Short History of the Bhikkhu in Educational, Cultural, Social, and
Political Life, New ... Stanley J., The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of
Amulets: A Study in Charisma, Hagiography, Sectarianism, and Millennial
Buddhism (Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology, number 49), Cambridge
and New York: ...

Author: William M. Johnston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136787164

Category: Reference

Page: 2000

View: 211

First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Reference

Making Merit Making Art

Making Merit  Making Art

Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference on Thai Studies, Chiang
Mai, Thailand, 14-17 October. Swearer ... "The Thoroughly Modern 'Asian':
Capital, Culture and Nation in Thailand and the Philippines. ... Cambridge
Papers in Social Anthropology no. 5. ... The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and
Anthropology. ... The Quest for 'Siwilai': A Geograph, the Cult of Amulets,
Cambridge Studies i.

Author: Sandra Cate

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824823575

Category: Art

Page: 218

View: 719

Their work, both celebrated and controversial, depicts stories from the Buddha's lives in otherworldly landscapes punctuated with sly references to this-worldly politics and popular culture. Schooled in international art trends, the artists reverse an Orientalist narrative of the Asian Other, telling their own stories to diverse audiences and subsuming Western spaces into a Buddhist worldview."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Art

Power and Prayer

Power and Prayer

( 1970 ) ' Theravada Buddhist Sangha : some general observations on historical
and political factors in its development ' , Journal of Asian ... Samuel , Geoffrey (
1990 ) Mind , body and culture : anthropology and the biological interface ,
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . ... ( 1984 ) The Buddhist saints of the
forest and the cult of amulets ( Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology , 49 ) ,
Cambridge ...

Author: Mart Bax

Publisher: Vu University Press Amsterdam

ISBN: UVA:X002474051

Category: Religion

Page: 308

View: 710

Categories: Religion

Worshipping the Great Moderniser

Worshipping the Great Moderniser

The Person in Transformation : Body , Mind and Cultural Appropiation ” , in
Cultural Crisis and Social Memory : Modernity and Identity in Thailand and Laos ,
ed . Shigeharu ... The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets : A
Study in Charisma , Hagiography , Sectarianism and Millennial Buddhism .
Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology , Cambridge : Cambridge University
Press , 1988 .

Author: Irene Stengs

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015080902300

Category: History

Page: 316

View: 899

Contemporary Thailand has seen the rise of an immense cult focused on King Chulalongkorn the Great (r. 1868-1910). In Worshipping the Great Moderniser, Irene Stengs explores the continuing appeal of King Chulalongkorn and considers what this ruler's unprecedented popularity says about modern Thai society. Arguing that the exalted expectations of kingship are a product of the ambitions and anxieties of Thailand's expanding middle class, she compares the popular image of King Chulalongkorn with that of the present king, the highly venerated King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Stengs demonstrates how ideas and imaginings of Thainess, modernity, and kingship have culminated in what she terms "modern Buddhist kingship," a concept that draws on traditional idioms but is highly modern. Her search for the social imaginary surrounding Thai kingship and Thainess during the past century and a half yields an intriguing amalgam of popular religion, Buddhist kingship, nationalism, and material culture.
Categories: History

Forests Farmers and the State

Forests  Farmers and the State

1976 , World Conqueror and World Renouncer , Cambridge Studies in Social
Anthropology 15 , Cambridge University Press ... 1987 , The Buddhist saints of
the forest and the cult of amulets , Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology ...
Cultural Crises And The Thai Capitalist Transformation , Chiang Mai , Thailand .

Author: Amare Tegbaru

Publisher: Coronet Books Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105021150581

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 289

View: 647

Categories: Business & Economics

Living Karma

Living Karma

In Psycho-Sinology: The Universe of Dreams in Chinese Culture, ed. Carolyn T.
... “Focus Editor's Comments on 'Ethnography, Anthropology, and Comparative
Religious Ethics' Essays.” Journal ... Chūgoku zensho no kenkyu 中國善書の研究
(Studies of Chinese Morality Books). Tōkyō: Kobundo, 1960. Tambiah, Stanley.
The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1984. Tatz ... In Religion and Society in Tang and
Song China, ed.

Author: Beverley Foulks McGuire

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231537773

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 192

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.
Categories: Religion

Socially Engaged Buddhism for the New Millennium

Socially Engaged Buddhism for the New Millennium

The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets . Cambridge :
Cambridge University Press ( Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology , 49 ) .
Tanabe , Shigeharu . ... The Person in Transformation : Body , Mind and Cultural
Appropriationm ” in Social Memory And Crises of Modernity : Politics ... Living on
the Rim : Ecology and Forest Monks in Northeast Thailand , " Sojourn , 6 . 1 : 106
- 25 . _ .

Author:

Publisher: Suksit Siam

ISBN: UOM:39015043055576

Category: Religion

Page: 536

View: 586

Categories: Religion

The Ascendancy of Therav da Buddhism in Southeast Asia

The Ascendancy of Therav  da Buddhism in Southeast Asia

Spiro , Melford E. Buddhism and Society : A Great Tradition and Its Burmese
Vicissitudes . ... Political and Cultural Continuities at Dvāravati Sites . ...
Cambridge : PACSEA and Singapore : In association with the Institute of
Southeast Asian Studies , 1990 . ... Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology 2.
London : Cambridge University Press , 1970 . The Buddhist Saints of the Forest
and the Cult of Amulets : A Study in Charisma , Hagiography , Sectarianism , and
Millennial Buddhism .

Author: Prapod Assavavirulhakarn

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105134178370

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 730

This wide-ranging account of early Buddhism in Southeast Asia overthrows dominant theories among both Western and Asian Scholars. The author argues that Pali-based Buddhism was brought from India and Sri Lanka by merchants, monks, and pilgrims by the fourth century. Several schools flourished alongside Brahmanism, Mahayanism, and local spirit beliefs--in coexistence rather than conflict. There was no "conversion" to Theravada in the eleventh century as the school was already well established. Prapod draws on a broad range of source material including inscriptions, texts, archaeology, iconography, architecture, and anthropology from India, Sri Lanka, China, and the region itself. He highlights the lived tradition of religious practice rather than scriptural sources.
Categories: History

Religion and the Environment

Religion and the Environment

Also his The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets ( Cambridge :
Cambridge University Press , 1984. Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology )
and M. Carrithers , The forest Monks of Sri Lanka : An Anthropological and
Historical Study ( Delhi : Oxford University Press , 1983 ) . 37 For a ... 39 D. T.
Suzuki , Zen and Japanese Culture ( London : Routledge and Kegan Paul , 1959
) , p . 22f .

Author: Roger S. Gottlieb

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105215502779

Category: Christian stewardship

Page: 4

View: 120

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.
Categories: Christian stewardship

Theosis and the Recognition of Saints in Tenth Century Byzantium

Theosis and the Recognition of Saints in Tenth Century Byzantium

Tambiah , Stanley J . The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Van Dam ,
Raymond . Saints and ... Amulets : A Study in Charisma , Hagiography ,
Sectarianism , and Millenial Buddhism . Cambridge Studies in Social
Anthropology , Vol . 29 . ... Culture , Thought , and Social Action : An
Anthropological Perspective .

Author: Caren F. Calendine

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89068443266

Category: Canonization

Page: 194

View: 620

Categories: Canonization

Sacred Biography in the Buddhist Traditions of South and Southeast Asia

Sacred Biography in the Buddhist Traditions of South and Southeast Asia

... Cultural Continuity , ed . G . B . Hainsworth ( Ottawa : University of Ottawa
Press , 1981 ) ; S . J . Tambiah , The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of
Amulets ( Cambridge : Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology , 1984 ) , and “
The ...

Author: Schober

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: UVA:X004157968

Category: Religion

Page: 366

View: 112

"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
Categories: Religion

Belief and Bloodshed

Belief and Bloodshed

World Conqueror and World Renouncer : A Study of Buddhism and Polity in
Thailand against a Historical Background . ... The Buddhist Saints of the Forest
and the Cult of Amulets . Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology , 49 . ... In
Cultural Crisis and Social Memory : Modernity and Identity in Thailand and Laos .

Author: James K. Wellman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: UVA:X030110273

Category: Religion

Page: 271

View: 407

Intended for students as well as scholars of religion and violence, Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence across Time and Tradition discusses how the relationship between religion and violence is not unique to a post-9/11 world—it has existed throughout all of recorded history and culture.
Categories: Religion

Contributions to Indian Sociology

Contributions to Indian Sociology

( Reprinted in S.J. Tambiah , Culture , thought , and social action : An
anthropological perspective , Harvard University Press , 1985. ) 1970. Buddhism
and the ... Modern Asian studies , 7 , 1 : 1-20 . 1973d . Form and meaning in ...
The Buddhist saints of the forest and the cult of amulets , Cambridge University
Press . 1985a .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105016657384

Category: India

Page:

View: 705

Categories: India

Cooking Care and Domestication

Cooking  Care  and Domestication

Spiro , Melford , 1970 , Buddhism and Society : A Great Tradition and Its Burmese
Vicissitudes . New York : Harper ... Cambridge : Cambridge University Press .
1976 , World ... 1984 , The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets .
Cambridge ... Uppsala : Uppsala Research Reports in Cultural Anthropology , 12
.

Author: Ing-Britt Trankell

Publisher: Coronet Books Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015040716493

Category: Cooking

Page: 205

View: 403

Categories: Cooking