The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets
A Study in Charisma, Hagiography, Sectarianism and Millennial Buddhism
By (author) Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
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Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
Book DescriptionThe 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 DetailsISBN: 9780521277877
(222mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jun-1984
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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