Buddhism and Society – Burmese Supernaturalism. By Melford E. Spiro. Prentice- Hall, Inc.: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Pp. x, Loading data.. Open Bottom Panel. Go to previous Content Download this Content Share this Content Add This Content to Favorites Go to next Content. ← →. Burmese Supernaturalism has 5 ratings and 0 reviews: Published May 1st by Institute for the Study of Human Issues, pages, Paperback.

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Kevin marked it as to-read Dec 12, From chapter six to eight he classified different types of evil spirits into Thirty-Seven Nat [what Burmese called Nat].

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I had the opportunity to live in different Buddhist communities in Myanmar and know witches who acquired both atehlan and aulan. SR added it Mar 18, The next section of the work covers various types of supernaturalism, including witches, ghost, and demons.

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.

From chapter one to five, Spiro expands the types of supernaturalism under which he categorized several systems including the belief and ritual systems, and give further explanation on the background, perceptual, motivational, and cognitive of supernaturalism. These chapters highlight the similarity between the influence of supernatural powers and spirit possession on people, which is often results in different indications.


These chapters supernaturalksm the Thirty- Seven Supernayuralism perhaps the most important of all the Burmese supernaturalism who believed to have occupied preeminent places. Some supernatural are behavioral and or mental illness accompanied by a state of psychological dissociation — alternatively referred to as fugue and unconsciousness etc. Will Buckingham rated it it was amazing May 27, The book begins with an introduction to the study of supernaturalism.

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Lists with This Book. Spiro- Author By Jeffrey Lian Purpose of the Book Based on an extensive ethnographic research and interviews conducted by Spiro in Myanmar, the book succinctly suupernaturalism with phenomena such as ghosts, demons, witches, and evil spirits and clearly articulated cases of demon possessions and ritual exorcism.

Remember me on this computer. Naing Htun added it Oct 11, Andrew Cox added it Jun 24, If the leaf has a sour taste, then, since the betel leaf is usually sweet, the illness is probably witch-caused.

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Angela marked it as to-read Apr 15, Spiro Snippet view – Spiro Limited preview – Benjamin added it Oct 01, Desjarlais Limited preview – In these chapters, Spiro clearly defined different Nats such as house Nats, community Nats, Public work Nats, and kinds of ritual and festival related to supernatural powers.


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. 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.

Sueprnaturalism these folk beliefs make up a separate religious system? Lewis No preview available – Bel rated it it was amazing Oct 30, Books by Melford E.

Want to Read saving…. This unique volume extensively examines in relationship to social, political, historical, cultural, psychological, and animism that give rise to and support supernaturalism. Although all the magico-religious specialists in Supernaturaism are concerned with, among other things, supernatural and supernaturally caused illness, the two most important specialists are the shaman and the exorcists.

Kristen English marked it as to-read Jan 02, Chapters nine, ten, and elven emphasized the causes and affects of illness, sufferings, and its treatments by Burmese traditional doctors. Chipamong Chowdhury added it Feb 09, Paperbackpages.

Supernaturaism chapters described the diseases, including eye troubles; intestinal ailments and madness, which are supernaturally caused illness.