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Title: "Venerating the Buddha's Remains in Burma: From Solitary Practice to the Cultural Hegemony of Communities"
Date of publication: 2001
Description/subject: The veneration of Buddha relics and images is a neglected, yet central organizing principle of Theravada culture and religious practice. My essay is informed by a historised understanding of Eliade's hierophany, a manifestation of a universal Buddhist sacred reality that defines and identifies cultural orders at the centers of local, historical contexts. I further rely on Bells' work on ritual and Gramsci's writings on hegemony to describe Burmese veneration of the Buddha's remains in diverse social and religious contexts. These range from the solitary practice, meditation and personal service in the Ananda mode to the Royal mode that defines social hierarchy in public rituals and expresses socio-religious aspirations of individuals and communities through culturally salient metaphors.
Author/creator: Juliane Schober
Language: English
Source/publisher: Journal of Burma Studies Vol. 6 (2001)
Format/size: pdf (1.91MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol6/index.shtml
Date of entry/update: 07 March 2009

Title: Sariputta and Moggallana in the Golden Land: The Relics of the Buddha's Chief Disciples at the Kaba Aye Pagoda
Date of publication: 1999
Description/subject: In this article, the author reconstructs and documents the story of the relics of the Buddha's chief disciples, Sariputta and Moggallana, at the Kaba Aye Pagoda in Burma. Using previously unpublished archival materials, including first-hand archaeological reports and internal museum documents, as well as contemporary newspaper accounts, the author details the discovery of the relics by British military officers in 19th-century India, the subsequent removal of the relics to England where they were placed on museum exhibition, and their eventual reenshrinement in Burma and India 100 years later.
Author/creator: Jack Daulton
Language: English
Source/publisher: Journal of Burma Studies Vol. 4 (1999)
Format/size: pdf (2.84MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol4/index.shtml (Vol. 4)
Date of entry/update: 10 March 2009