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Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Myanmar: Cultural Narratives, Colonial Legacies, and Civil Society

Juliane Schober

Abstract

For centuries, Burmese have looked to the authority of their religious tradition, Theravada Buddhism, to negotiate social and political hierarchies. This book examines those moments in the modern history of this Southeast Asian country when religion, culture, and politics converge to chart new directions. The book shows that Buddhist practice necessitates public validation within an economy of merit in which moral action earns future rewards. The intervention of colonial modernity in traditional Burmese Buddhist worldviews has created conjunctures at which public concerns critical to the natio ... More

Keywords: Burmese, Theravada Buddhism, Southeast Asia, Burma, Buddhist practice, Buddhist resistance, Saffron Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833824
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833824.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juliane Schober, author
Arizona State University