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Educating MonksMinority Buddhism on China's Southwest Border$
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Thomas A. Borchert

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824866488

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824866488.001.0001

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Fortune-Telling and False Monks

Fortune-Telling and False Monks

Defining and Governing Religion

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(p.52) 2 Fortune-Telling and False Monks
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Educating Monks
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Thomas A. Borchert

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824866488.003.0003

This chapter examines the politics of religion in Yunnan and Sipsongpannā. The first part of the chapter analyzes and describes the official discourse on religion in China and the institutions for governing religious communities, arguing that the state has established a system that allows it flexibility to govern religious groups according to its needs. The second part examines the politics of religion in Sipsongpannā in light of this system of governance. It shows that the monks of the region act strategically, cooperating with the local government but using this system to foster their own agendas.

Keywords:   religion, superstition, evil cults, Buddhist Association, politics, Sangha organization Wat Pājie, Yunnan, China

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