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Champions of Buddhism : Weikza cults in Contemporary Burma

Champions of Buddhism : Weikza cults in Contemporary Burma

Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière, Guillaume Rozenberg & Alicia Turner
2014, NUS Press, Singapore, 261p., 

Hidden at the margins of Burmese Buddhism and culture, the cults of the wiekza shape Burnese culture by bringing together practices of supernatural power and a mission aspect of Burnese religion places weikza in relation to the Vipassana insight meditation movement and conventional Buddhist practises, as well as the contemporary rise of Buddhist fundamentalism. Featuring research based on fieldword only possible in recent years, paired with reflective essays by senior Buddhist studies scholars, this book situates the weikza cult in relation to broader Buddhist and Southeast Asian contexts, offering interpretations and investigations as rich and diverse as the Burmese expressions of the weikza cults themselves. Champions of Buddhism opens the field to new questions, new problems, and new connections with the study of religion ans Southeast Asia in genreal.

ISBN : 978-9971-69-780-8

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