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TitleThe Buddha in Lanna : Art, lineage, power, and place in Northern Thailand
Author Angela S. Chiu
ImprintHonolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, [2017]
Descript xiii, 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


Introduces stories from chronicles, histories, and legends written by monks in Lanna, a region centered in today’s northern Thailand. By examining the stories’ themes, structures, and motifs, she illuminates the complex conceptual and material aspects of Buddha images that influenced their functions in Lanna society. Buddha images were depicted as social agents and mediators, the focal points of pan-regional political-religious lineages and rivalries, indeed, as the very generators of history itself. In the chronicles, Buddha images also unified the Buddha with the northern Thai landscape, thereby integrating Buddhist and local conceptions of place. By comparing Thai Buddha statues with other representations of the Buddha, the author underscores the contribution of the Thai evidence to a broader understanding of how different types of Buddha representations were understood to mediate the “presence” of the Buddha. -- Provided by publisher


Introduction: Buddha images of the Tai -- Buddha images and devotees: Lineages of people and places -- Buddha images and the monkhood: Monastic political power beyond the cloister -- Buddha images and place: Materializing the Buddha's agency in the landscape -- Buddha images and relics: Form, place, and history -- Buddha images as objects of donation: Intention, wishes, and economic value in inscriptions on the bases of images -- Buddha images as objects of transferrable power: The physical and social processes of copying images

Gautama Buddha -- Statues -- Thailand Northern Buddhist sculpture -- Thailand Northern art Buddhism

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