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Monks and Magic : Revisiting a Classic Study of Religious Ceremonies in Thailand

Author :  Barend Jan Terwiel

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United Kingdom
NIAS Press, Copenhagen, Denmark
ISBN 9788776941017
Format PaperBack
Language English
Year of Publication 2012
Bib. Info xiii. 312p. ; 23cm.
Product Weight 506 gms.
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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.

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