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By Jane Bunnag

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Such a lot anthropological and sociological stories of Buddhism have focused on village and rural Buddhism. it is a systematic anthropological learn of monastic association and monk-layman interplay in a in basic terms city context within the nations the place Theravada Buddhism is practised, specifically, Burma, Cambodia, Ceylon, Laos and Thailand. the fabric provided is predicated on fieldwork performed in Ayutthaya, valuable Thailand. Dr Bunnag describes and analyses the socio-economic and formality family current among the monk and the lay group, and he or she demonstrates the way the position of the monk is utilized by a few males, wittingly or in a different way, as a social stepping-stone, in that for the son of a farmer a interval within the monkhood promises the schooling and contacts essential to facilitate his assimilation into the city lay neighborhood at a social and fiscal point which might another way were very unlikely. eventually, Dr Bunnag locations the fabric offered in a broader theoretical context by means of reviewing it when it comes to anthropological discussions in regards to the nature of Thai society as a complete.

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Term of self-reference when speaking to a layman: atama The layman i. Term of self-reference when speaking to a monk: phom (m) dichan (f) (also polite usage between laymen) ii. Term of address when speaking to a monk: than or Luang Pho (Reverend Father) or specific title iii. kin, or than (polite) non lap ap nam ii. Term of address when speaking to a layman: yom, or khun (also used between laymen) iii. The verb to eat: chan to sleep: cham wat to bathe: song nam NOTE: In the Thai language each noun has an associated classifier which may be used in association with the noun, or on its own where the reference is clear.

27 Following this legislation a hierarchy of ecclesiastical offices was created, along the lines of the Thai civil administration. The King who has the final authority in all Church affairs appoints the Supreme Patriarch (Somdet Phrasang\harai) who stands at the apex of the ecclesiastical pyramid. In his turn the Supreme Patriarch appoints, with the King's approval, a number of senior bhi\\hus to serve on the Council of Elders (Mahatherasama^hom), a body which combines legislative, administrative and judicial functions (Sobhana 1967, p.

The Thai practice whereby young men enter the wat for a short period of time (chua \hrao) has rightly been regarded as a kind of rite de passage by many anthropologists (Rajadhon 1961, pp. 68-9; Tambiah 1968, p. 58), as to become a monk for even a brief period is thought to transform young men who are immature or * unripe' {dip) into fully adult members of society. In former days - and in some country areas to this day - it is said that a young man's prospects for marriage might depend upon whether or not he had spent a season in the wat.

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