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|Title:||Material Interests and Morality in the Trade of Thai Talismans||Authors:||Yee, S.||Issue Date:||1996||Citation:||Yee, S. (1996). Material Interests and Morality in the Trade of Thai Talismans. Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science 24 (2) : 1-21. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.||Abstract:||Ethnographic data comprising interview's with Thai monks, religious specialists, & laiety (N unspecified) in Singapore & Thailand, & fieldwork in Buddhist enterprises in Singapore, 1989-1991, are used to examine the material & economic interests associated with talismans produced by Thai monks. The religious objects associated with Thai Buddhism, the differences between Thai & Chinese talismans, & their authenticity are discussed. The trade of these talismans is connected to the worship of Thai monks, & the three components in the charismatization of Thai monks - opposition to rational bureaucracy, mythologization of their voluntary suffering, & psychic power - are also analyzed, in addition to the relationship between religion & capitalism. 7 Plates, C. Haywood.||Source Title:||Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science||URI:||http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/132430||ISSN:||03038246|
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