Buddhist Legacies in Mainland Southeast Asia

Mentalities, Interpretations and Practices

Claude JACQUES, Olivier de BERNON, Pierre PICHARD, François LAGIRARDE, Jacques P. LEIDER, Michel LORRILLARD, Peter SKILLING, Aroonrut WICHIENKEEO, Yoneo ISHII, Paritta Chalermpow KOANANTAKOOL, M.L. Pattaratorn CHIRAPRAVATI, Hans PENTH, Donald K. SWEARER, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri SIRINDHORN

Collection : Études thématiques

Collection's number: 19

Editor: Lagirarde (François), Paritta Chalermpow Koanantakool

Edition: EFEO, Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre

Publication date: 2006

Status : Available


ISBN-13 : 978-2-85539-655-2

ISSN : 1269-8067

Width : 18,5 cm

Height : 27,5 cm

Weight : 0,8 kg

Number of pages : 292

Distributor : EFEO Diffusion

Geography : South East Asia

Language : English

Place : Paris, Bangkok

Support : Papier

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Buddhism as Heritage – religious heritage certainly, but also intellectual and cultural heritage – is the unifying theme of the present volume, written entirely by specialist on mainland Southeast Asia. However, the immensity of the task inevitably means that the book cannot do more than open a horizon for our contemplation. The societies of peninsular southeast Asia are now so deeply permeated with Buddhist heritage that attempts at characterization are inevitably reductive. Beyond the texts, beyond the images, how can we touch the beliefs, the representations, the emotions? On the other hand, if we content ourselves with recording the immeasurable wealth of the legacy, if we are happy simply to traces its influence on every aspect of culture, its diffusion through every stratum of society, we will be unable to appreciate its specificity, nor its regional originality in contrast to the other parts of Asia equally imbued with Buddhist values. A tradition may appear natural to those who live within it, but its comprehension requires the scholar to go beyond its immediate expressions and show how it is constituted in particular contexts, how, through history, it has left its mark on knowledge and on institutions. The apparent diversity of the contributions presented here should not obscure the common ground they share. All seek to challenge the compartmentalized perspective by which Southeast Asia is deemed the relevant frame of reference. The history of religion can disregard national frontiers more easily than political history and comparative approaches thus become indispensable: this understanding motivated the foundation of the EFEOes research group on Buddhism and of the international scientific network built up around it, whose work is partly reflected in this book.

Table of contents

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri SIRINDHORN
Pāramī – A Buddhist Concept in the Thai Context
Buddha Images in Lan Na (Northern Thailand), a Study from Palm-leaf Texts and Inscriptions
The Status of Pāli in Cambodia: from Canonical to Esoteric Language
A Note on the Semantic Expansion of Sasana in the Royal Epithet Akkhasasanupathamphok
The Buddhist Sect of Śrīghana in Ancient Khmer Lands
The Nibbāna of Mahākassapa the Elder: Notes on a Buddhist Narrative Transmitted in Thai and Lao Literature
Jacques P. LEIDER
Araññavāsī and Gāmavāsī Monks, Towards Further Study of Variant Forms of Buddhist Monasticism in Myanmar
Insights on the Diffusion of Lao Buddhism
Paritta Chalermpow KOANANTAKOOL
Contextualising Objects in Monastery Museums in Thailand
Chirapravati Original or Recycled: Jātaka Reliefs at Wat Si Chum (Sukhotai)
Phra Bua Khem Images in Lān Nā
Symmetries and Monumentalism in Thai Monastic Halls
Paṭa (Phra Bot): Buddhist Cloth Painting of Thailand
Presencing the Buddha in Northern Thailand: Perspectives from Ritual and Narrative

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