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Gender and the Path to Awakening : Hidden Histories of Nuns in Modern Thai Buddhism

Author :  Martin Seeger

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Silkworm Books, Thailand
ISBN 9786162151477
Format PaperBack
Language English
Year of Publication 2018
Bib. Info xviii, 342p. Includes Index
Product Weight 540 gms.
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In Gender and the Path to Awakening, Martin Seeger lays out the nuances and varying conceptions of female renunciation in modern Thai Buddhism. Centered on long-term textual and ethnographic research on six remarkable female practitioners, Seeger considers trends and changes over the last 140 years in the practices of female renunciants and their devotees. He also investigates understandings of female sainthood in Thai Buddhism, its expressions in material culture, and the importance of orality and memory in Thai Buddhist epistemology. Supported by interviews and careful study of sermons, hagiographies, and hitherto untranslated and rare Thai sources, this book examines the social backgrounds, modes of expression, veneration, and historical contexts of Thai women pursuing the Buddhist ideal. Rich in ethnographic detail and with additional grounding in foundational Indian Buddhist texts, this book off ers new insights into the complexities of female renunciation and gender relations in modern Thai Buddhism.

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