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The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets : Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback) - Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets

Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 17th September 1984
ISBN: 9780521277877
Number Of Pages: 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.

The arahant and the Path of Meditation
The Buddhist conception of the arahant
The Path of Purification: the ascetic practices
The stages and rewards of Buddhist meditation
The forest-monk tradition in Southeast Asia: a historical backdrop
The hagiography of a Buddhist saint: text and context; the politics of sectarianism
The biography of a modern saint
The Buddha's life as paradigm
The ordering principles behind Buddhist saintly biography
The disciples of the Master
The biographer as exemplary forest-monk, meditator, and teacher
Sectarianism and the sponsorship of meditation
The Mandnikdi sect's propagation of lay meditation
The center-periphery dialectic: the Mahathat and Bovonniwet sponsorship of meditation compared
The cult of amulets: the objectification and transmission of charisma
The cult of images and amulets
An enumeration of historic and popular amulets
The 'likeness' of the image to the original Buddha: the case of the Shillala Buddha
The process of sacralizing images and amulets: the transfer of power by monks
Amulets blessed by contemporary forest saints
Saints on cosmic mountains
Conceptual and theoretical clarifications
A commentary on millennial Buddhism in Thailand and Burma
The sources of charismatic leadership: Max Weber revisited
The objectification of charisma and the fetishism of objects
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ISBN: 9780521277877
ISBN-10: 0521277876
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 17th September 1984
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64