Monks and Magic: Revisiting a Classic Study of Religious Ceremonies in Thailand (NIAS Classics)

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Monks and Magic This absorbing study of Buddhism as practised in a rural Thai community describes how esoteric spells and magical diagrams were the main interest of children and adolescents, while full ritual knowledge was obtained in adulthood and tempered by life experiences. New edition that updates and offers a contemporary perspective on the original study. Full description

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'This book deserves a welcome from both sides of academic life, teaching and research. Teachers of subjects dealing with Thai language and culture will welcome a clear account of the religious preoccupations - of country people in the central region. The author has come to treat what is normal and respectable there - The hope is thereby to emphasize the main thesis, viz. that there is such a thing as 'animistic Buddhism' and that it is common in rural areas.' --P.J. Bee, "Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies"

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Barend Jan (Baas) Terwiel is a renowned specialist in the social and cultural history of Thailand. During his academic career he taught in Canberra, Munich, Leiden and Hamburg. His final appointment was as Professor of Thai and Lao Languages and Literatures in Hamburg. Professor Terwiel retired in 2006 but still writes extensively on Thailand.

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