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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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Or is there a subtle merging of supernaturalism and Buddhism, a kind of syncretism? Skip to main content. C F added it Feb 05, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This unique volume extensively examines in relationship to social, political, historical, cultural, psychological, and animism that give rise to and support supernaturalism. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

For years scholars of religion and anthropology have debated the questions: Books by Melford E. There are three kinds of supernatrualism in Burmese, the first ghost is souls [leipya] of the dead who improperly escorted from their human habitat and remain to haunt people. Be the first to ask a question about Burmese Supernaturalism.

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The next section of the work covers various types of supernaturalism, including witches, ghost, and demons.

Burmese Supernaturalism

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.

Melford Spiro’s Burmese Supernaturalism has been 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 religion. Do these folk beliefs make up a separate religious system? Kristen English marked it dupernaturalism to-read Jan 02, Naing Htun added it Oct 11, Although all the magico-religious specialists in Myanmar are concerned with, among other things, supernatural and supernaturally caused illness, the two most important specialists are the shaman and the exorcists.

Andrew Cox added it Jun 24, From chapter one to five, Spiro expands the types of supernaturalism under which he bugmese several systems including the belief and ritual systems, and give further explanation on the background, perceptual, motivational, and cognitive of supernaturalism.

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Want to Read saving…. From chapter six to eight he classified different types of evil spirits into Thirty-Seven Nat [what Burmese called Nat].

Burmese Supernaturalism by Melford E. Spiro

Remember me on this computer. Lewis No preview available – Buy From Transaction Publishers Amazon. Other areas of discussion include supernaturally caused illness and its treatment, the shaman, burese exorcist, and the relationship between supernaturalism and Buddhism. Benjamin added it Oct 01, Burmese Supernaturalism is an intriguing study and will provide insightful reading for anthropologists, sociologists, theologians, as well as those interested in supernaturalism in Burma Myanmar and other cultures.

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The book, Burmese Supernaturalism, is comprehensively an account of the Burmese folk religion, and its relation to the traditional Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, of the country. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.