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Theravada TraditionsBuddhist Ritual Cultures in Contemporary Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka$
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John Clifford Holt

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824867805

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824867805.001.0001

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Making Merit in Modern Myanmar

(p.189) Chapter Four Kathina
Theravada Traditions

John Clifford Holt

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter begins with a study of how the Vinaya (“Book of Discipline”) recounts the origins of ritually gifting robes to members of the sangha annually. It then proceeds to an account about how this ritual became the most important season of giving for the laity to the sangha in contemporary Burma. It discusses in depth the manner in which the heavy-handed presence of the Burmese military junta has impacted public ritual gift-giving.

Keywords:   Burma, merit-making, monastic robe, Yangon, nationalism, Burmese military, patimokkha, pavarana

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