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Monastery, Monument, MuseumSites and Artifacts of Thai Cultural Memory$
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Maurizio Peleggi

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824866068

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824866068.001.0001

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Buddhist Landscape and Cultural Memory

Buddhist Landscape and Cultural Memory

(p.9) Chapter 1 Buddhist Landscape and Cultural Memory
Monastery, Monument, Museum

Maurizio Peleggi

University of Hawai'i Press

Chapter 1 considers the Buddhist inscription of Thailand’s landscape across the longue duree of history. One main theme in this chapter is the replication in situ of the sacred geography of India and Sri Lanka, including physical sites such as footprints and reliquaries (stupas). A second theme is the historic relationship between relics as powerful objects and men of power as those seeking to appropriate and manipulate relics. A third theme is the construction and restoration of cultic edifices as a practice constitutive of cultural memory.

Keywords:   Buddhism, sacred landscape, relics, stupa, restoration

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