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Monks and Magic: Revisiting a Classic Study of Religious Ceremonies in Thailand
by B.J. Terwiel
First published in 1975, B.J. Terwiel's Monks and Magic remains a widely cited text. This is an absorbing study of Buddhism as practised at that time in a community in rural Central Thailand, describing how esoteric spells and magical diagrams were the main interest of children and adolescents but full ritual knowledge was obtained in adulthood and tempered by life experie ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 31st 2012 by Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
(first published January 1st 2010)
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Nov 10, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it
A new (2012) edition of a work written by a young anthropologist and published in 1975, now revised, updated with new material. An excellent overview of rural Buddhism in Thailand both in the village community and the sangha (monastic community). Simple but well written with just the right amount of careful detail and balancing anecdotes. The author, once a student of the famous scholar Dr. Robert van Gulik, is now a retired Professor of Thai and Lao Languages and Literatures. Highly recommended ...more