Pagodas and Prophets: Contesting Sacred Space and Power among Buddhist Karen in Karen State

  title={Pagodas and Prophets: Contesting Sacred Space and Power among Buddhist Karen in Karen State},
  author={Yoko Hayami},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={1083 - 1105}
  • Y. Hayami
  • Published 1 November 2011
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
This paper analyzes multi-layered religious practices among local Buddhist Karen on the plains of Karen State in Burma, within the context of the larger socio-political dynamics of Burmese Buddhism. The purpose is threefold: first, to give ethnographic details of the hybrid nature of religious practices among Buddhist Pwo Karen, thereby demonstrating how sacred space and power are contested, despite the strong hand of the state; second, to challenge the assumed equation between non-Buddhist… 
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