Terwiel, B. J.. Monks and magic: an analysis of religious ceremonies in central Thailand

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Chapter I Two Orientations In The Practice Of Buddhism

The Diachronic Perspective

Chapter Ii The Setting And The Fieldwork

The Fieldwork Situation

The Framework Of Definitions

Chapter Iii Children And Religion

Formal Education

The Dègwáds

The Novices

Chapter Iv Adolescents, Amulets And Tattooing

Adolescents And Religion



Sources Of Magical Power

Chapter V The First Period In The Sa[unknown]gha

Traditional Learning Of The Inexperienced Monk

A. Ordination

B. Chanting

C. Monastic Behaviour

D. Formulae

E. Preaching

F. Meditation

More Recently Introduced Learning Tasks Of The Inexperienced Monks

A. State Examinations

B. Behaviour

Chapter Vi Leaving The Order, Courtship And Marriage

Leaving The Sa[unknown]gha



Auspicious Moments

Chapter Vii Building A House

The Elementary Ceremony

Common Elaborations

A Closer Examination Of The Different Powers Placated

The Ritual Baskets

Avoiding Inauspiciousness

Chapter Viii The Precepts And Ritual

The Five Precepts 1

The Eight Precepts

Outside The Lenten Season: The Elementary Ceremony

During The Lenten Season: Elaborate Ceremonies

Older Women And The Eight Precepts

A Comparison Between The Five And The Eight Precepts

The Ten Precepts

Chapter Ix The Pursuit Of Beneficial Karma

A. Beneficial Activities During Which Only A Small Number Of People Are Involved

B. Family Rituals Which Include A Recitation By A Chapter Of Monks

C. Public Ceremonies In ‘one's Own’ Monastery

D. Public Ceremonies In Monasteries ‘other Than One's Own’

Establishing A Scale Of Merit

Chapter X Old Age, Death And The Hereafter

The Older Monks

Women As Religious Specialists


A. The Expected Demise

B. The Sudden, Unpredictable Death

Chapter Xi. Conclusions

The Order In The Animated World

A. Sources Of Magical Power

B. Secondary Sources

C. The Range Of Powers

D. Variations On The Operatic Level

Merit And Good Fortune

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Monks and magic: an analysis of religious ceremonies in central Thailand

Published By: Original publisher Lund, Sweden ; London, England: Studentlitteratur ; Curzon Press. 1975. 2, 8, 296 p., 4 plates ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by B. J. Terwiel

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Central Thai (AO07)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Body alterations (304); Dwellings (342); Arranging a marriage (584); Nuptials (585); Burial practices and funerals (764); Religious beliefs (770); Religious practices (780); Ecclesiastical organization (790); Senescence (886);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This monograph describes religious practices in rural Thailand with an emphasis on the discrepancy between “pure” Buddhism and the practice of magic. Terwiel describes children and religion; adolescents, amulets, and tattooing; the monkhood experience; leaving the order, courting and marriage; building a house; the precepts and ritual; the pursuit of beneficial KARMA; and old age, death, and the procedures which seem to be effective (p. 278).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 19

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ao07-019

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Based on the author's thesis, Australian National University, 1971 Includes bibliographical references (p. 286-296)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1967-1970

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnographer-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Marlene Martin ; 1984

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1967-1970

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Wád Saancâw monastery, near Ratburi, Thailand

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Thais


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