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The Buddha SideGender, Power, and Buddhist Practice in Vietnam$
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Alexander Soucy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835989

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835989.001.0001

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Women, Offerings, and Symbolic Capital

Women, Offerings, and Symbolic Capital

(p.97) 5 Women, Offerings, and Symbolic Capital
The Buddha Side

Alexander Soucy

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter continues with the practice of making offerings and reclaiming loc for distribution to family and friends. It is a practice that is performed especially by women and is by far the most common form of Buddhist engagement. In opposition to the skeptical performances of young men, making offerings is integral to the way that femininity is constructed. The chapter explores the way that young women practice Buddhism as part of an enactment of a sexually desirable femininity that emphasizes qualities such as reliance and weakness. It then looks at how the distribution of loc by married women is also an opportunity to create sentiment and moral debt in the family.

Keywords:   femininity, offerings, loc, Buddhist engagement, married women, moral debt, Buddhism

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