Worshipping Relics and Animating Statues. Transformations of Buddhist statecraft in contemporary Laos*

  title={Worshipping Relics and Animating Statues. Transformations of Buddhist statecraft in contemporary Laos*},
  author={Patrice Ladwig},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={1875 - 1902}
  • P. Ladwig
  • Published 17 July 2014
  • History
  • Modern Asian Studies
Abstract In Laos—one of the few remaining ‘officially’ socialist countries—Buddhism was abolished as a state religion after the revolution in 1975. However, since the 1990s the communist government has been increasingly using its patronage of Buddhism to gain legitimacy. With reference to the divine sources of power in Theravāda Buddhism, this article explores the extent to which modern Lao state socialism is still imbued with pre-revolutionary patterns of Buddhist kingship and statecraft. The… 
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