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A Book Review of Burmese Supernaturalism: Aung Sett Kyaw Min marked it as to-read Jul 01, Preview — Burmese Supernaturalism by Melford E.

Do these folk beliefs make up a separate religious system? An etic approach is a theoretical and comparative inquiry in undertaking the relationship among an otherworldly religion system, the personality pattern by which it is maintained and the social system by which group life is organized.

Burmese Supernaturalism Melford E. Help Center Find new research papers in: In either case, how exactly does folk religion fit into the overall religious pattern? Remember me on this computer.

A Study in the Explanation and Reduction of Suffering. C F added it Feb 05, This unique volume extensively examines in relationship to social, political, historical, cultural, psychological, and animism that give rise to and support supernaturalism. No trivia or quizzes yet.


Spiro explained that usually one does not acquire both atehlan and aulan, which is incorrect in Myanmar. Spiro Limited preview – Thanks for telling us about the problem. Burmese Supernaturalism by Melford E. Open Preview See a Problem?

In the introduction to this expanded edition Spiro further develops the underlying logic of his argument and evaluates the most recent contributions to supernaturalims field of the anthropology of religion.

Burmese Supernaturalism

In contrast to this category, Spiro disagreed with Spear, and proposes a fourfold classification [1] personal spirit [kosaung] [2] the guardian nats of the house, [3] the village nats, and [4] innumerable nats.

To ask other readers questions about Burmese Supernaturalismplease sign up. Spiro- Author By Jeffrey Supernxturalism Purpose of the Book Based on an extensive ethnographic research and interviews conducted by Spiro in Myanmar, the book succinctly deals with phenomena such as ghosts, demons, witches, and evil spirits and clearly articulated cases of demon possessions and ritual exorcism.

SR added it Mar 18, Chipamong Chowdhury added it Feb 09, Angela marked it as sipernaturalism Apr 15, Peter added it Nov 01, Want to Read saving…. There are three kinds of ghosts in Burmese, the first ghost is souls [leipya] of supernaturalixm dead who improperly escorted from their human habitat and remain to haunt people.


Will Buckingham rated it it was amazing May 27, Burmese Supernaturalism is an intriguing study and will provide insightful reading for anthropologists, sociologists, theologians, as well as those interested in supernaturalism in Burma Myanmar and other cultures.

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Burmese Supernaturalism by Melford E. Spiro

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jack Clayton added it Jul 31, supernaturapism Lisa added it Oct 12, Along with its ultimate purpose of the book, the author employs two ways of explaining the problems of suffering relatively from the perspective of cultural and religious systems in Myanmar.

Enter the email address you signed up with and burmsse email you a reset link. Melford Spiro’s Burmese Supernaturalism has been one of the major works in this debate, both for its position on the “two religions” question and for its arguments concerning the psychological basis of religion.

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