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Language, Orthodoxy, and Performances of Authority in Vietnamese Buddhism
Author Soucy, Alexander
Source Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Volumev.77 n.2
Pages348 - 371
PublisherOxford University Press
Publisher Url
LocationOxford, UK [牛津, 英國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteAlexander Soucy, Department of Religious Studies, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 3C3.
AbstractMen and women in Vietnam engage in Buddhist practice in very specific ways and have widely different understandings of what their practices achieve. The Buddhist pagoda in Vietnam is generally seen as a feminine space, borne out by the fact that between 80% and 90% of participants are old women. Nonetheless, there are some old men who become prominent participants, but only after renegotiating the significance of Buddhist practice in ways that are more compatible with their masculine identities. This paper focuses on the performative aspects of masculine participation in the Buddhist field that are intended to gain greater status and authority. A secondary aim of the paper is to relate this particular ethnographic example to the larger field of Religious Studies. The concentration on texts, as authoritative voices in religious traditions, ignores the performative aspect of their creation. It suggests that, while they are performances that often hold greater currency, they should nonetheless be understood as only one sort of performance among many.
ISSN00027189 (P); 14774585 (E)
Created date2014.12.05
Modified date2020.01.10

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