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The Fate of Rural Hell: Asceticism and Desire in Buddhist Thailand

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The Fate of Rural Hell: Asceticism and Desire in Buddhist Thailand - Anderson, Benedict
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In 1975, when political scientist Benedict Anderson reached Wat Phai Rong Wua, a massive temple complex in rural Thailand conceived by Buddhist monk Luang Phor Khom, he felt he had wandered into a demented Disneyland. One of the world's most bizarre tourist attractions, Wat Phai Rong Wua was designed as a cautionary museum of sorts; its gruesome statues depict violent and torturous scenes that showcase what hell may be like. Over the next few decades, Anderson, who is best known for his work, Imagined Communities , found ...

The Fate of Rural Hell: Asceticism and Desire in Buddhist Thailand 2016, Seagull Books

ISBN-13: 9780857424020

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The Fate of Rural Hell: Asceticism and Desire in Buddhist Thailand 2012, Seagull Books

ISBN-13: 9780857420275

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