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Buddhist Funeral Cultures of Southeast Asia and China Hardcover – May 21, 2012
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"... offers a carefully arranged selection of pieces on Buddhist funerary practices from Burma, Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Sri Lanka ... [Its] greatest strength is surely the level of substantive ethnographic detail it provides for a potentially overlooked area of Buddhist life in East and Southeast Asia, fleshed out through the implicit connections between chapters ... will be mainly of interest to students of Buddhism, and primarily those working in Chinese or Theravadin contexts ..."
Callum Pearce, Mortality
Death rituals and Buddhist imagery of the afterlife have been central to the development and spread of Buddhism as a social and textual tradition. Bringing together ethnographic, historical and theoretically informed accounts, the book presents in-depth studies of the Buddhist funeral cultures of mainland Southeast Asia and China.