Thai Protestants and Local Supernaturalism: Changing Configurations

  title={Thai Protestants and Local Supernaturalism: Changing Configurations},
  author={E. Zehner},
  journal={Journal of Southeast Asian Studies},
  • E. Zehner
  • Published 1996
  • History
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Nineteenth-century Protestant missionaries in Thailand, considering local supernaturalism superstitious, called on converts to abandon it. By the late twentieth century, local spirits had been given a place in Thai Protestant cosmologies. The script seems familiar; syncretism is a common subtext in the history of Christian missions, a creative use of symbolic resources to appropriate and counter the symbolic systems of more powerful societies such as North America, Europe, and local political… CONTINUE READING
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