Hierarchy and Power in Pre-National Buddhist States

@article{Vandergeest1993HierarchyAP,
  title={Hierarchy and Power in Pre-National Buddhist States},
  author={Peter Vandergeest},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  year={1993},
  volume={27},
  pages={843-870}
}
  • Peter Vandergeest
  • Published 1993
  • Sociology
  • Modern Asian Studies
  • Since the Second World War, an important school of social science scholarship in Southeast Asia has explained pre-national social hierarchy in terms of religious cosmology, or religious beliefs in the ordering principles of merit and karma (Heine-Geldern, 1956; Geertz, 1980; Errington, 1989). With respect to Siam/Thailand, Tambiah (1970, 1976, 1984) exemplifies this approach in its strong form—he has attempted to explain all religious practices of the ‘Thais’ as expressions of Buddhist… CONTINUE READING
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