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The ImmortalsFaces of the Incredible in Buddhist Burma$
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Guillaume Rozenberg

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824840952

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824840952.001.0001

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Being a Disciple, Fashioning a Cult

Being a Disciple, Fashioning a Cult

(p.79) 2 Being a Disciple, Fashioning a Cult
The Immortals

Guillaume Rozenberg

, Ward Keeler
University of Hawai'i Press

The discourse of believing having been set out in Chapter 1, in the second chapter readers enter into the cult's disciples' world. This chapter opens with a description of a disciple's gear, that is, all the objects in his possession relating to the four weikza. Most important among these is an alchemy ball. The practice of alchemy is then explored down to its tiniest details. Alchemy, along with other aspects of the relations that bind people and weikza together described in this chapter, reveal that the principle that informs the whole range of the cult's practices, and so the way that one enacts the status of a disciple, is to try to compensate for a lack of vital energy by seeking to produce, receive, and accumulate it.

Keywords:   alchemy, energy, fate, Muslim, personhood, portent, women

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