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The Funeral Casino: Meditation, Massacre, and Exchange with the Dead in Thailand

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"The Funeral Casino" is a heretical ethnography of the global age. Setting his book within Thailand's pro-democracy movement and the street massacres that accompanied it, Alan Klima offers a strikingly original interpretation of mass-mediated violence through a study of funeral gambling and Buddhist meditation on death.

The fieldwork for the book began in 1992, when a freew
ebook, 336 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Princeton University Press (first published February 15th 2001)
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Klima recounts the dark Buddhism history of Thailand explaining the gift exchange, economy, life, and funeral meditation as a mass group. Mass protests and remembering of the dead form a cultural force for change. The entire text is dark, on the ground expose on the bloody massacres that Thailand has endured and how those lives are remembered. Their haunting continues and the language of the text reads as a metaphor of death. It is definitely not a typical anthropological account. Very interesti ...more
As far as anthropology books go, this sucker is so well written. The concepts that Klima is putting forth are sometimes problematic, but always thoughtful and innovative. The history part is really strong. The meditation part is where he runs into trouble in my opinion. But I liked reading it and arguing with his all the same.
Brilliant ethnography ... he is one of the best anthropological "writers" ... better then Taussig (inside comment). This book is a must read ...(and again, did iI mention he is on my committee(.
Almost finished. So good. Really excellent ethnography.
hauntingly fascinating and very well written
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