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World Conqueror and World Renouncer : A Study of Buddhism and Polity in Thailand against a Historical Background - S. J. Tambiah

World Conqueror and World Renouncer

A Study of Buddhism and Polity in Thailand against a Historical Background

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Published: 6th November 1978
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World Conqueror and World Renouncer is the first comprehensive and authoritative work on the relationship between Buddhism and the polity (political organization) in Thailand. The book conveys the historical background necessary for full comprehension of the contemporary structural relationship between Buddhism, the sangha (monastic order), and the polity, including the historic institution of kingship. Professor Tambiah delineates the overall relationship, as postulated in early Buddhism, between the monk's otherworldly quest on one side and the this-worldly ordinating role of the monarchy on the other. He also examines the complementary and dialectical tensions that occur in this classical relationship, the king's duty to both protect and purify the sangha being a notable example.

From Rajadharma (the King's ""Whole Duty"") to Dharmaraja (the ""Righteous Ruler"")
The Brahmanical Theory of Society and Kingship
The Early Buddhist Conception of World Process, Dharma, and Kingship
Asoka Maurya: The Paradigm
Thai Kingship and Polity in Historical Perspective
The Galactic Polity
The Kingdom of Ayutthaya: Design and Process
Asokan and Sinhalese Traditions Concerning the Purification of the Sangha
The Sangha an
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ISBN: 9780521292900
ISBN-10: 0521292905
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 568
Published: 6th November 1978
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.23
Weight (kg): 0.82