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Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Durrenberger, E. Paul
Tannenbaum, Nicola
Title: Continuities in highland and lowland regions of Thailand
Date: 1989
Source: Journal of the Siam Society
Notes: Introduction: Kirsch (1973) argues that upland mainland Southeast Asian societies express variations on the same theme of potency. Durrenberger (1981b) shows that variations in political form result from differences in local ecological and economic environments (see also Maran 1967, Lehman 1963). This structural unity cuts across major ethnic and linguistic boundaries. Central aspects of the complex are power /potency, productivity, how one achieves it, and the necessity to publicly validate it through feasts and generosity. Many see in Theravada Buddhism a similar underlying structural unity in lowland societies. Both inside and outside observers identify these people as Buddhist and state that these societies Il'\USt be understood in Buddhist terms. Anthropologists tend to view lowland societies through Theravada Buddhist lenses (Kirsch 1977, 1982, 1985
Keyes 1984
Van Esterik 1982). This obscures the fundamental structure of these societies, making it difficult to ask questions about continuities in upland and lowland societies or the nature of the relationship among religion, world view, and political economic form (Tannenbaum n.d.a., n.d.b., n.d.c.). We argue that the religious structure shared by lowland societies is similar to that of the upland societies .and that differences are a consequence of their radically different political and economic for-ms.
Date Created: 6/30/2015
Volume: 77
Number: 1
Page Start: 83
Page End: 90