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Monks and Magic: Revisiting a Classic Study of Religious Ceremonies in Thailand
This is an absorbing study of Buddhism as practiced 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 experiences. This reproduction of the 1979 edition is augmented by new material on magic and ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
(first published January 1st 2010)
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Jan 27, 2014 Patricia rated it 4 of 5 stars
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