Cambodian Buddhism in the United States by Carol A. Mortland

Cambodian Buddhism in the United States is the first comprehensive anthropological study of Khmer Buddhism as practiced by Khmer refugees in the United States. Based on research conducted at Khmer temples and sites throughout the country over a period of three and a half decades, Carol A. Mortland uses participant observation, open-ended interviews, life histories, and dialogues with Khmer monks and laypeople to explore the everyday practice of Khmer religion, including spirit beliefs and healing rituals.

This ethnography is enriched and supplemented by the use of historical accounts, reports, memoirs, unpublished life histories, and family memorabilia painstakingly preserved by refugees. Mortland also traces the changes that Cambodians have made to religion as they struggle with the challenges of living in a new country, learning English, and supporting themselves. The beliefs and practices of Khmer Muslims and Khmer Christians in the United States are also reviewed.

 

Book Details
Title: Cambodian Buddhism in the United States
Author: Carol A. Mortland
ISBN-10: 1438466641
ISBN-13: 978-1438466644
Publisher: SUNY Press
Length: 366 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.90 inches
Weight: 1.4 pounds
File Size (Kindle): 5265 KB

 

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