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Spirits of the Place: Buddhism and Lao Religious Culture

John Clifford Holt


This book contributes to the understanding of religious culture in Laos and Southeast Asia. This book brings this nation into focus. With its overview of Lao Buddhism and analysis of how shifting political power has impacted Lao religious culture, the book offers an integrated account of the entwined political and religious history of Laos from the fourteenth century to the contemporary era. The book advances the argument that common Lao knowledge of important aspects of Theravada Buddhist thought and practice has been heavily conditioned by an indigenous religious culture dominated by the ven ... More

Keywords: religious culture, Laos, Southeast Asia, Lao Buddhism, Theravada Buddhist, indigenous culture, Lao culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833275
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833275.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Clifford Holt, author
Bowdoin College