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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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Itinerant Icons of the Theravada Ecumene

Itinerant Icons of the Theravada Ecumene

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(p.30) Chapter 2 Itinerant Icons of the Theravada Ecumene
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Monastery, Monument, Museum
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Maurizio Peleggi

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824866068.003.0003

Chapter 2 describes the social lives of famous Buddha images, such as the Emerald Buddha and the Phra Sihing Buddha, by retracing their peregrinations through present-day northern Thailand and Laos as memorialized in chronicles. The chapter considers also the transmission of the technical knowhow involved in making images, and the ritual animation of inert statues. The chapter ends with a conceptual analysis of the ideas of original and copy in Buddhist visual culture.

Keywords:   Buddhism, visual culture, material culture, devotional images, chronicles

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