Ames, Michael McLean. Magical-animism and Buddhism: a structural analysis of the Sinhalese religious system

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Title: Magical-animism and Buddhism: a structural analysis of the Sinhalese religious system

Published in: Journal of Asian studies -- Vol. 23

Published By: Journal of Asian studies -- Vol. 23 Ann Arbor, Michigan: Association for Asian Studies, 1964. 21-52 p.: ill.

By line: Michael M. Ames

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1997. Computer File

Culture: Sinhalese (AX04)

Subjects: General character of religion (771); Theological systems (779); Prophets and ascetics (792);

Abstract: In this article, Ames subjects the total religious system of the Sinhalese of Sri Lanka to a systematic structural analysis. According to the author's outline, he discusses the central religious ideals of Theravada Buddhism, how these ideals are put into practice, and the problems involved in implementing these practices.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: ax04-003

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 49-52)

Field Date: January 1959-December 1960

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Dubravka Schmalzbauer ; Sarah Bridges ; 1969-1973

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: 'Gokanna' town and 'Rohanagama' village, southern Sri Lanka

LCSH: Sinhalese (Sri Lankan people)

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