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The Culture of Giving in Myanmar
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The Culture of Giving in Myanmar (Hardback)

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How can people living in one of the poorest countries in the world be among the most charitable?

In this book, Hiroko Kawanami examines the culture of giving in Myanmar, and explores the pivotal role that Buddhist monastic members occupy in creating a platform for civil society. Despite having at one time been listed as one of the poorest countries in the world in GNP terms, Myanmar has topped a global generosity list for the past four years with more than 90 % of the population engaging in 'giving' activities.

In Myanmar, Buddhists enjoy a close relationship with the monastic community, helping with the running of local monasteries and offering daily alms. Monks reciprocate by conducting rituals, giving moral advice and admonition, and acting as mediators during local and even intra-familial disputes. However, discussions of Buddhist offerings have normally focused on the one-way flow of goods and services from the laity to the monastic community. This book extends observations of this relationship into an understanding of wider Buddhist cultures, and examines how deeply the reciprocal transactions of giving and receiving in society - or interdependent living - are implicated in the Buddhist faith.

This book fills a gap in research on Buddhist offerings in Myanmar, and is an important contribution to the growing field of Myanmar studies.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsReligious groups: social & cultural aspectsReligion & BeliefsBuddhismBuddhist life & practiceReligion & BeliefsOther non-Christian religionsOriental religions Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 11/06/2020 ISBN-13: 9781350124172  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Hiroko Kawanami is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University, UK. She has extensive experience of working with the Buddhist community in Myanmar and is author of Buddhism and the Political Process (2016) and co-editor of Religions in the Modern World, 3rd edition (2016).

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