World conqueror and world renouncer: a study of Buddhism and polity in Thailand against a historical background

World Conqueror and World Renouncer is the first comprehensive and authoritative work on the relationship between Buddhism and the polity (political organization) in Thailand. The book conveys the historical background necessary for full comprehension of the contemporary structural relationship betw...

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Subtitles:World Conqueror & World Renouncer
Main Author: Tambiah, Stanley Jeyaraja 1929-2014
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1976
Series/Journal:Cambridge studies in social and cultural anthropology 15
Further subjects:B Buddhism Thailand History
B Buddhism and state Thailand
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Erscheint auch als: 9780521211406
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Summary:World Conqueror and World Renouncer is the first comprehensive and authoritative work on the relationship between Buddhism and the polity (political organization) in Thailand. The book conveys the historical background necessary for full comprehension of the contemporary structural relationship between Buddhism, the sangha (monastic order), and the polity, including the historic institution of kingship. Professor Tambiah delineates the overall relationship, as postulated in early Buddhism, between the monk's otherworldly quest on one side and the this-worldly ordinating role of the monarchy on the other. He also examines the complementary and dialectical tensions that occur in this classical relationship, the king's duty to both protect and purify the sangha being a notable example.
Item Description:Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
ISBN:051155818X
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511558184