Buddhist holy man Khruba Bunchum: the shift in a millenarian movement at the Thailand-Myanmar border

The study of holy men active in Thailand, Laos and Myanmar between the seventeenth and the twentieth centuries has associated them primarily with millenarian movements. In the twenty-first century, the Thailand-Myanmar border has seen the emergence of a holy man to whom the concept of millenarianism...

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Published in:Sojourn
Main Author: Jirattikorn, Amporn (Author)
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: 2016
In:Sojourn
Year: 2016, Volume: 31, Issue: 2, Pages: 377-412
Further subjects:B Thailand Myanmar Nonnen / Mönche Religious movement Volksgruppe / Ethnische Bevölkerungsgruppe Mediennutzung
B monks / Nuns Religious movements national communities / Ethnic Use of media
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Summary:The study of holy men active in Thailand, Laos and Myanmar between the seventeenth and the twentieth centuries has associated them primarily with millenarian movements. In the twenty-first century, the Thailand-Myanmar border has seen the emergence of a holy man to whom the concept of millenarianism is, in the current changing religious environment, not applicable. Khruba Bunchum, a contemporary Thai monk with a significant ethnic minority following in Myanmar, rose to fame in Thailand after being forced to leave Myanmar and spending three years meditating in an isolated cave. He has gained followers among wealthy and middle-class Thais. His case illustrates the effect of mobile media technology in transforming the practice of venerating holy men. It suggests the need for a new approach to studying religious movements, one that draws on religious, political and media sources. (Sojourn/GIGA)
ISSN:0217-9520
Contains:In: Sojourn