Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Vol. 28, No. 3, November 2013

"The author’s own engagement with the monastic and lay communities gives the work a notable depth in the ethnography of ritual and meaning.

"The author’s own engagement with the monastic and lay communities gives the work a notable depth in the ethnography of ritual and meaning. This remains an important but controversial book: important for the beautiful, detailed ethnographic account of ritual and belief in a village community that it provides, and controversial for the unbridgeable separation…between "village" and "elite" Buddhism.

…it remains an impressively detailed ethnographic contribution to the study of Thai Buddhism."

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