Buddhism and Society – Burmese Supernaturalism. By Melford E. Spiro. Prentice- Hall, Inc.: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Pp. x, Loading data.. Open Bottom Panel. Go to previous Content Download this Content Share this Content Add This Content to Favorites Go to next Content. ← →. Burmese Supernaturalism has 5 ratings and 0 reviews: Published May 1st by Institute for the Study of Human Issues, pages, Paperback.
Jen added it Jul 29, Alex added it Dec 26, This unique volume extensively examines in relationship to social, political, historical, cultural, psychological, and animism that give rise to and support supernaturalism. Desjarlais Limited preview – Return to Book Page. If the leaf has a sour taste, then, since the betel leaf is usually sweet, the illness is probably witch-caused. A Study in the Explanation and Reduction of Suffering.
Although all the magico-religious specialists in Myanmar are concerned with, among other things, supernatural and supernaturally caused illness, the two most important specialists are the shaman and the exorcists.
Though the people of Burma, now called Myanmar, are formally Buddhist, their folk religion a type of burmesw or supernaturalism is so unlike classical Buddhism that it seems contradictory.
A Book Review of Burmese Supernaturalism: Lists with This Book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Spiro- Author By Jeffrey Lian Purpose of the Book Based on an extensive ethnographic research and interviews conducted by Spiro in Myanmar, the book succinctly deals with phenomena such as ghosts, demons, witches, and evil spirits and clearly burmeze cases of demon possessions and ritual exorcism.
Open Preview See a Problem? In spite of restricted accessibility and short-term research fieldwork with language barriers, Spiro skillfully examines the full- length and wholly comprehensive account of the Burmese folk religion and nurmese relation to the traditional Buddhism of Myanmar.
The book begins with an introduction to the study of supernaturalism. Log In Sign Up. There are three kinds of ghosts in Burmese, the first ghost is souls [leipya] of the dead who improperly escorted from their human habitat and remain to haunt people. Spiro Snippet view – Kristen Supernaturalis marked it as to-read Jan 02, Be the first to ask a question about Burmese Supernaturalism. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Burmese Supernaturalism Melford E. Burmese Supernaturalism is an intriguing study and will provide insightful reading for anthropologists, sociologists, theologians, as well as those interested in supernaturalism in Burma Burmede and other cultures.
Preview — Burmese Supernaturalism by Melford E. Phyu Mar marked it as to-read Nov 27, Trivia About Burmese Supernatu No trivia or quizzes yet. Aung Sett Kyaw Min marked it as to-read Jul 01, While there is no escape from Karma, supernaturalism provides an alternative explanation for the cause of suffering.
Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Burmese Supernaturalism by Melford E. These chapters described the diseases, including eye troubles; intestinal ailments and madness, which are supernaturally caused illness. The book, Burmese Supernaturalism, is comprehensively an account of the Burmese folk religion, and its relation to the traditional Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, of the country.
For years scholars of religion and anthropology have debated the questions: SR added it Mar 18, Kevin marked it supernatjralism to-read Dec 12, Click here to sign up. Naing Htun added it Oct 11, Some supernatural are behavioral and or mental illness accompanied by a state of psychological dissociation — alternatively referred to as fugue and unconsciousness etc.
In either case, how exactly does folk religion fit into the overall religious pattern? Andrew Cox added it Jun 24, References to this book Body and Emotion: An etic approach is a theoretical and comparative inquiry in undertaking the relationship among an otherworldly religion system, the personality pattern by which it suppernaturalism maintained and the social system by which group life is organized. Lewis No preview available – Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
The next section of the work covers various types of supernaturalism, including witches, ghost, and demons. Buy From Transaction Publishers Amazon.
Burmese Supernaturalism by Melford E. Spiro
Skip to main content. In the introduction to this expanded edition Spiro further develops the burmeese logic of his argument and evaluates the most recent contributions to the field of the anthropology of religion. Chipamong Chowdhury added it Feb 09, I had the opportunity to live in different Buddhist communities in Myanmar and know witches who acquired both atehlan and aulan.
To ask other readers questions about Burmese Supernaturalismplease sign up. Or is there a subtle merging of supernaturalism and Buddhism, a kind of syncretism?