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The Resource Of beggars and Buddhas : the politics of humor in the Vessantara Jataka in Thailand, Katherine A. Bowie

Of beggars and Buddhas : the politics of humor in the Vessantara Jataka in Thailand, Katherine A. Bowie

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Of beggars and Buddhas : the politics of humor in the Vessantara Jataka in Thailand
Title
Of beggars and Buddhas
Title remainder
the politics of humor in the Vessantara Jataka in Thailand
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Katherine A. Bowie
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Language
eng
Summary
The 547 Buddhist jatakas, or verse parables, recount the Buddha's lives in previous incarnations. In his penultimate and most famous incarnation, he appears as the Prince Vessantara, perfecting the virtue of generosity by giving away all his possessions, his wife, and his children to the beggar Jujaka. Taking an anthropological approach to this two-thousand-year-old morality tale, Katherine A. Bowie highlights significant local variations in its interpretations and public performances across three regions of Thailand over 150 years. The Vessantara Jataka has served both monastic and royal interests, encouraging parents to give their sons to religious orders and intimating that kings are future Buddhas. But, as Bowie shows, characterizations of the beggar Jujaka in various regions and eras have also brought ribald humor and sly antiroyalist themes to the story. Historically, these subversive performances appealed to popular audiences even as they worried the conservative Bangkok court. The monarchy sporadically sought to suppress the comedic recitations. As Thailand has changed from a feudal to a capitalist society, this famous story about giving away possessions is paradoxically being employed to promote tourism and wealth
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P@U
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1950-
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Bowie, Katherine Ann
Dewey number
294.3/82325
Index
index present
LC call number
BQ1470.V487
LC item number
B69 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
New perspectives in Southeast Asian studies
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  • Buddhist giving
  • Buddhism and state
  • Buddhism and politics
  • Buddhist stories, Thai
  • Jataka stories, Thai
  • Buddhist stories, Thai
  • Jataka stories, Thai
  • RELIGION
  • Buddhism and politics
  • Buddhism and state
  • Buddhist giving
  • Buddhist stories, Thai
  • Jataka stories, Thai
  • Thailand
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Of beggars and Buddhas : the politics of humor in the Vessantara Jataka in Thailand, Katherine A. Bowie
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not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Note on Transliteration; Introduction: Of Monarchs, Monks, and Peasant Masses; Part I: Diversity in Humor; 1. Central Thailand: Humor Defeated; 2. Northeastern Thailand: Humor Diverted; 3. Northern Thailand: Humor Delighted; Part II: The Politics of Diversity; 4. Jujaka as Trickster: The Peasant Imaginaire; 5. Jujaka as Threat: Consolidating Control; 6. Jujaka as Deity: Rebirths under Global Capitalism; Conclusion: The Journey's End; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Control code
970619080
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1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780299309534
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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not applicable
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not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)970619080
Label
Of beggars and Buddhas : the politics of humor in the Vessantara Jataka in Thailand, Katherine A. Bowie
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Note on Transliteration; Introduction: Of Monarchs, Monks, and Peasant Masses; Part I: Diversity in Humor; 1. Central Thailand: Humor Defeated; 2. Northeastern Thailand: Humor Diverted; 3. Northern Thailand: Humor Delighted; Part II: The Politics of Diversity; 4. Jujaka as Trickster: The Peasant Imaginaire; 5. Jujaka as Threat: Consolidating Control; 6. Jujaka as Deity: Rebirths under Global Capitalism; Conclusion: The Journey's End; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Control code
970619080
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780299309534
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)970619080

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