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1. Buddhism and culture Thailand 2. Buddhism Thailand Customs and practices First published in 1975, B.J. Terwiel's Monks and Magic remains a widely cited text. This classic anthropological text 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 experiences. As death approaches, the Buddhist world-view stimulates merit-making. This major revision of the original work includes new material by the author locating the study in its modern setting.