Making Fields of Merit: Buddhist Female Ascetics and Gendered Orders in Thailand - Gendering Asia No. 2 (Paperback)Monica Lindberg Falk (author)
Paperback 297 Pages / Published: 07/11/2007
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Religion plays a central role in Thai society with Buddhism intertwined in the daily lives of the people. Religion also plays an important role in establishing gender boundaries. The growth in recent decades of self-governing nunneries and the increasing interest of Thai women in a Buddhist monastic life are notable changes in the religion-gender dynamic. This anthropological study addresses religion and gender relations, analysing this through the lens of the lives, actions and role in Thai society of Buddhist nuns (mae chii). It raises questions about how the position of Thai Buddhist nuns outside the Buddhist sangha affects their religious legitimacy and describes recent moves to restore a Theravada order of female monks.
Publisher: NIAS Press
Number of pages: 297
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
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