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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Remember me on this computer. 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.

Burmese Supernaturalism

Do these folk beliefs make up a separate Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Aung Sett Kyaw Min marked it as to-read Jul 01, There are three types of protection against master witches such as preventive, therapeutic, and offensive. Open Preview See a Problem?

Return to Book Page. Jack Clayton added it Jul 31, Other areas of discussion include supernaturally caused illness and its treatment, the shaman, the exorcist, and the relationship between supernaturalism and Buddhism.

Some supernatural are behavioral and or mental illness accompanied by a state of psychological dissociation — alternatively referred to as fugue and unconsciousness etc. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. An etic approach is a theoretical and comparative inquiry in undertaking the relationship among an otherworldly religion system, the personality pattern by which it is maintained and the social system by which group life is organized.


From chapter six to eight he classified different types of evil spirits into Thirty-Seven Nat [what Burmese called Nat]. Spiro explained that usually one does not acquire both atehlan and aulan, which is incorrect in Myanmar. A Book Review of Burmese Supernaturalism: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Burmese Supernaturalism by Melford E. Spiro

From chapter one to five, Spiro expands the types of supernaturalism under which he categorized several systems including the belief and ritual systems, and give further explanation on the background, perceptual, motivational, and cognitive of supernaturalism. Content of the book The book comprises fourteen chapters and is divided into six parts.

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. Spiro Limited preview – Benjamin added it Oct 01, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In contrast to this category, Spiro disagreed with Spear, and proposes a fourfold classification [1] personal spirit [kosaung] [2] the guardian nats of the house, [3] the village nats, and [4] innumerable nats.

Spiro is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, where he founded the Anthropology Department in Donovan rated it it was amazing Jan 31, Alex added it Dec 26, Spiro Snippet view – These chapters exposed the Thirty- Seven Nats perhaps the most important of all the Burmese supernaturalism who believed to have occupied preeminent places.

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While there is no escape from Karma, supernaturalism provides an alternative explanation for the cause of suffering. Do these folk beliefs make up a separate religious system? Chapters nine, ten, and elven emphasized the causes and affects of supernaturalisj, sufferings, and its treatments by Burmese traditional doctors.


This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Buy From Transaction Publishers Amazon. As a result the visa policies did not allow him to conduct research in most parts of Myanmar. Help Center Find new research papers in: Lists with This Book. Jyoti Mishra marked it as to-read Apr 28, Lisa added it Oct 12, This unique volume extensively examines in relationship supernaturalizm social, political, historical, cultural, psychological, and animism burmesw give rise to and support supernaturalism.

Books by Melford E. Stephen rated it really liked it Jul 06, I had the opportunity to live in different Buddhist communities in Myanmar and know witches who acquired both atehlan and aulan. If the leaf has a sour taste, then, since the betel leaf is usually sweet, the illness is probably witch-caused. Chapter twelve to fourteen deals with different kinds of supernatural practitioners, the description of the roles of the shaman and exorcists. Andrew Cox added it Jun 24, 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.

Lewis No preview available – For years scholars of religion and anthropology have debated the questions: These chapters highlight the similarity between the influence of supernatural powers and spirit possession on people, which is often results in different indications.

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