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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Jack Clayton added it Jul 31, Preview — Burmese Supernaturalism by Melford E. Refresh and try again. 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.

Content of the book The book comprises fourteen chapters and is divided into six parts. Enter burmeee email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

Be the first to ask a question about Burmese Supernaturalism. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Benjamin added it Oct 01, These chapters described the diseases, including eye troubles; intestinal ailments superhaturalism madness, which are supernaturally caused illness.

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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.

These chapters exposed the Thirty- Seven Nats perhaps the most important of all the Burmese supernaturalism who believed to have occupied preeminent places.

If the leaf has a sour taste, then, since the betel leaf is usually sweet, the illness is probably witch-caused. Spiro explained that usually one does not acquire both atehlan and aulan, which is incorrect in Myanmar. Paperbackpages. Burmese Supernaturalism Melford E. Return to Book Page.


Burmese Supernaturalism

Do these folk beliefs make up a separate There are three kinds of ghosts in Burmese, the first ghost is souls [leipya] of the dead who improperly escorted from their human habitat and remain to haunt people.

Peter added it Nov 01, Angela marked it as to-read Apr 15, Lists with This Book. Selected pages Title Page. These chapters highlight the similarity between the influence of supernatural powers and spirit possession on people, which is ubrmese results in different indications.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. From chapter one to five, Spiro expands the types of supernaturalism supernaguralism which he categorized several systems including the belief and ritual brumese, and give further explanation on the background, perceptual, motivational, and cognitive of supernaturalism.

Burmese Supernaturalism by Melford E. Spiro

There are three types of protection against master witches such as preventive, therapeutic, and offensive. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Trivia About Burmese Supernatu Alex added it Dec 26, Though the people of Burma, now called Myanmar, are formally Buddhist, their folk religion a type of animism or supernaturalism is so unlike classical Buddhism that it seems contradictory.

In spite of restricted accessibility and supernqturalism research fieldwork with language barriers, Spiro skillfully examines the full- length and wholly comprehensive account of the Burmese folk religion and its relation to the traditional Buddhism of Myanmar. Some supernatural are behavioral and or mental illness accompanied by a state of psychological dissociation — alternatively referred to as fugue and unconsciousness etc.

Other areas of discussion supernaturallsm supernaturally caused illness and its treatment, the shaman, the exorcist, and the relationship between supernaturalism and Buddhism. References to this book Body and Emotion: Kristen English marked it as to-read Jan 02, For years scholars of religion and burmeese have debated the skpernaturalism Chapter twelve to fourteen deals with different kinds of supernatural practitioners, the description of the roles of the shaman and exorcists.


Phyu Mar marked it as to-read Nov 27, This unique volume extensively examines in relationship to social, political, historical, cultural, psychological, and animism that give rise to and support supernaturalism.

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I had the opportunity to live in different Buddhist communities in Myanmar and know witches who acquired both atehlan and aulan. Or is there a subtle merging of supernaturalism and Buddhism, a kind of syncretism? While there is supegnaturalism escape from Karma, supernaturalism provides an alternative explanation for the cause of suffering.

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. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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