Corpus ID: 143913397
Haunting the State: Rumours, Spectral Apparitions and the Longing for Buddhist Charisma in Laos
Published 31 October 2013
Asian Studies Review
Abstract Buddhist ascetic monks and hermits that move largely outside of the institutional structures of the monastic order (sangha) have a long history in mainland Southeast Asia. In Lao Buddhism…
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