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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
ISSN: 03038246
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