Tai Khun Buddhism And Ethnic–Religious Identity

  title={Tai Khun Buddhism And Ethnic–Religious Identity},
  author={Klemens Karlsson},
  journal={Contemporary Buddhism},
  pages={75 - 83}
This article examines the Buddhist ethnic-religious identity expressed by the Tai Khun people of the Eastern Shan State of Myanmar. The author argues that they possess a double ethnic identity: on the one hand, they have an ethnic-political identity as a Shan people, while on the other hand, they have an ethnic-religious identity based on Yuan Buddhism and connected with the historical region of Lan Na. The article discusses the history, myth and cult of a Burmese Buddha image standing in the… 
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