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The Immortals: Faces of the Incredible in Buddhist Burma

Guillaume Rozenberg

Abstract

The Immortals is an anthropological monograph about a Burmese Buddhist cult that originated in the year 1952, when a virtually illiterate, twenty-six year old peasant, living in a village in Central Burma, was suddenly possessed by weikza. Key figures in Burmese Buddhism, weikza are humans who have acquired extraordinary powers, including that of being able to prolong their lives. An individual who achieves the status of a weikza does not die but rather “exits” this world and goes to live in an invisible place reserved for beings of his station. From there, he can enter into relation with the ... More

Keywords: anthropology, belief, Burma, Buddhism, invulnerability, magic, possession, supernatural, weikza

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824840952
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824840952.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Guillaume Rozenberg, author
Center of Social Anthropology