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Monks and Magic: Revisiting a Classic Study of Religious Ceremonies in Thailand
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2012 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

First published in 1975, B.J. Terwiel’s Monks and Magic remains a widely cited text. This 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 reproduction of the 1979 second revised edition is augmented by new material on magic and Buddhism in Southeast Asia by Professor Terwiel, a renowned specialist on the social and cultural history of Thailand.

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Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2012. , 336 p.
, NIAS Classics, 2
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Buddhism, Thailand, Religious Ceremonies
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Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-4196ISBN: 978 87 7694 065 2ISBN: 978 87 7694 101 7OAI: diva2:867441
Available from: 2015-11-05 Created: 2015-11-05 Last updated: 2015-11-05

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