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The Buddha Side: Gender, Power, and Buddhist Practice in Vietnam

Alexander Soucy


The most common description of the supernatural landscape in Vietnam makes a distinction between Buddhist and non-Buddhist “sides.” The “Buddha side” (ben phat) is the focus of this investigation into the intersection of gender, power, and religious praxis. Employing an anthropological approach to Buddhist practice that takes into account modes of action that are not only socially constructed and contextual, but also negotiated by the actors, the book explores how gender and age affect understandings of what it means to be a Buddhist. The book examines everything from the skeptical statements ... More

Keywords: Vietnam, gender, power, religious praxis, Buddhism, Buddhist practice, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835989
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Soucy, author
St. Mary’s University