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.
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