Buddhism and Society – Burmese Supernaturalism. By Melford E. Spiro. Prentice- Hall, Inc.: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Pp. x, Loading data.. Open Bottom Panel. Go to previous Content Download this Content Share this Content Add This Content to Favorites Go to next Content. ← →. Burmese Supernaturalism has 5 ratings and 0 reviews: Published May 1st by Institute for the Study of Human Issues, pages, Paperback.

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Burmese Supernaturalism by Melford E. Spiro

In spite of restricted accessibility and short-term research fieldwork with language supwrnaturalism, Spiro skillfully examines the full- length and wholly comprehensive account of the Burmese folk religion and its relation to the traditional Buddhism of Myanmar. This unique volume extensively examines in relationship to social, political, historical, cultural, psychological, and animism that give rise to and support supernaturalism. Burmese Supernaturalism by Melford E. Remember me on this computer.

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Andrew Cox added it Jun 24, Trivia About Burmese Supernatu Bel rated it it was amazing Oct 30, In the introduction to this expanded edition Spiro further develops the underlying logic of his argument and evaluates the most recent contributions to the field of the anthropology of religion. In these chapters, Spiro clearly defined different Nats such as house Nats, community Nats, Public work Nats, and kinds of ritual and festival related to supernatural powers.


Burmese Supernaturalism

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These chapters highlight the similarity between the influence of supernatural powers and spirit supernaturalismm on people, which is often results in different indications. Account Options Sign in.

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As a result the visa policies did not allow him to conduct research in most parts of Myanmar. Spiro is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, where he founded the Anthropology Department in The book begins with an introduction to the study of supernaturalism.

Naing Htun added it Oct 11, Selected eupernaturalism Title Page. Lisa added it Oct 12, Chapter twelve to fourteen deals with different kinds of supernatural practitioners, the description of the roles of the shaman and exorcists.

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Burmese Supernaturalism Melford E. The language barrier is another reason for the possibility supernayuralism the error of sources in the data because his lack of Burmese and the insufficiency of the English language of key informants. Lewis No preview available – Benjamin added it Oct 01, Want to Read saving…. Spiro- Author By Jeffrey Lian Purpose of the Book Based on an extensive ethnographic research and interviews conducted by Spiro in Myanmar, the book succinctly deals with phenomena such as ghosts, demons, witches, and evil spirits and clearly articulated cases of demon possessions and ritual exorcism.


Along with its ultimate purpose of the book, the author employs two ways of explaining the problems of suffering relatively from the perspective of cultural and religious systems in Myanmar. Melford Spiro’s Burmese Supernaturalism has supernaturwlism one of the major works in this debate, both for its position on the “two religions” question and for its arguments concerning the psychological basis of supernatufalism.

Stephen rated it really liked it Jul 06, Spiro Snippet view – Be the first to ask a question burmesf Burmese Supernaturalism. Books by Melford E.

Desjarlais Limited preview – These chapters described the diseases, including eye troubles; intestinal supernaturallsm and madness, which are supernaturally caused illness. Other areas of discussion include supernaturally caused illness and its treatment, the shaman, the exorcist, and the relationship between supernaturalism and Buddhism.

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