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Gender and the Path to Awakening: Hidden Histories of Nuns in Modern Thai Buddhism

Examines social background, modes of expression, veneration, and historical contexts of female renunciation in modern Thai Buddhism. Presents biography and hagiography in modern Thai Buddhism during 1882-2009, including Khunying Damrongthammasan Yai Wisetsiri, Mae Bunruen Tongbuntoem, Mae Chi Kaew Sianglam, Mae Chi Nari Karun, Mae Chi Phimpha Wongsa-udom, and Mae Chi Soda Sosut. Considers female sainthood in modern Thai Buddhism, material expressions of female sainthood, importance of relics, and orality and memory in spiritual practice.