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Revolutionaries and Reformers in Lao Buddhism (Hardcover) (Patrice Ladwig)

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Laos remains one of the few officially socialist countries in the world. Once a Buddhist kingdom, its involvement into the Vietnam War, the communist revolution of 1975 and the subsequent introduction of reformed socialism have deeply affected Buddhism, the religion of the ethnic majority. With a historical and anthropological focus on the religious field in the capital Vientiane, the book follows these transformations and extrapolates the ruptures and continuities of Buddhist religious life from 1958 to the present. Focusing on the intertwined fields of ethics, ritual gift exchange and the Buddhist sangha’s relationship to the Lao state, the study takes a detailed look at the change of religious practices in an urban setting.

Laos remains one of the few officially socialist countries in the world. Once a Buddhist kingdom, its involvement into the Vietnam War, the communist revolution of 1975 and the subsequent introduction of reformed socialism have deeply affected Buddhism, the religion of the ethnic majority. With a historical and anthropological focus on the religious field in the capital Vientiane, the book follows these transformations and extrapolates the ruptures and continuities of Buddhist religious life from 1958 to the present. Focusing on the intertwined fields of ethics, ritual gift exchange and the Buddhist sangha?s relationship to the Lao state, the study takes a detailed look at the change of religious practices in an urban setting.

Number of Pages: 240
Genre: Social Science, Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Buddhism / Rituals + Practice, Ethnic Studies / General
Series Title: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Patrice Ladwig
Language: English
Street Date: July 7, 2018
TCIN: 16163592
UPC: 9780415684873
Item Number (DPCI): 247-25-9202

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