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Buddhism and the Spirit Cults in North-East Thailand : Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback) - S. J. Tambiah

Buddhism and the Spirit Cults in North-East Thailand

Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 3rd November 1975
ISBN: 9780521099585
Number Of Pages: 408

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Dr Tambiah describes the religious practices and beliefs of the people of a remote village in north-east Thailand, relating them to the wider context of the civilization in which they are embedded, and examining the relationship of the religious practices of the villagers to the classical Buddhist tradition. Because they have based their studies on the Sanskrit and Pali literature, Western observers have tended to dismiss much of the popular manifestation of Buddhism as debased. Dr Tambiah demonstrates that this judgement is misleading, and emphasizes that the contemporary village religion that he describes manifests continuities as well as transformations with respect to the classical literary tradition. The village religion is described primarily through ritual.

Introduction: the particular and the general
The stage and its setting
Primary village concepts
The institution of monkhood in historical perspective
The rules of conduct for monks, novices, and laymen
The phases of monkhood
The monastic routine and its rewards
The ideology of merit
The cycle of collective wat rites and the agricultural calendar
Death, mortuary rites, and the path to rebirth
Liberation through hearing: the sacred words of the monks
Sukhwan rites: the elders summon the spirit essence
The co-existence of the brahman and the Buddhist monk
The cult of the guardian spirits
Myth and rite: the Naga symbol and the rocket festival
The afflictions caused by malevolent spirits
Exorcism as healing ritual
A kaleidoscopic view of the religious field
The parade of supernaturals
The past and present in the study of religion: continuities and transformations
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ISBN: 9780521099585
ISBN-10: 0521099587
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 3rd November 1975
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.59