Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
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Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets
By Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets

A Study in Charisma, Hagiography, Sectarianism and Millennial Buddhism

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Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

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The central actors in this book are some reclusive forest-dwelling ascetic meditation masters who have been acclaimed as 'saints' in contemporary Thailand. These saints originally pursued their salvation quest among the isolated villages of the country's periphery, but once recognized as holy men endowed with charisma, they became the radiating centres of a country-wide cult of amulets. The amulets, blessed by the saints, are avidly sought by royalty, ruling generals, intelligentsia and common folk alike for their alleged powers to influence the success of worldly transactions, whether political, economic, martial or romantic.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521277877
ISBN-10: 0521277876
Format: Paperback
(222mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jun-1984
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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