World Conqueror and World Renouncer: A Study of Buddhism and Polity in Thailand Against a Historical Background :: S. J. (Stanley Jeyaraja) Tambiah soon to be presented for sale on the inspired BookLovers of Bath web site!
Cambridge, London, New York & Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 1976, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Number 15 in the series. Contains: Diagrams; Tables;
From the cover: World Conqueror and World Renouncer is the first comprehensive and authoritative work on the relationship between Buddhism and the polity (political organization) in Thailand.
The book conveys the historical background necessary for full comprehension of the contemporary structural relationship between Buddhism, the sangha (monastic order), and the polity, including the historic institution of kingship.
Professor Tambiah delineates the overall relationship, as postulated in early Buddhism, between the monks otherworldly quest on one side and the this-worldly ordinating role of the monarchy on the other. He also examines the complementary and dialectical tensions that occur in this classical relationship, the kings duty to both protect and purify the sangh…
In the Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology series.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly sunned at the spine.
Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 557 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9¼” x 6¼”.
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