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Thai tellings of Phra Malai

texts and rituals concerning a popular Buddhist saint

Published by Arizona State University, Program for Southeast Asian Studies in Tempe, Ariz .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Machine generated contents note: List of Illustrationsvii
Introduction: Theme and Variations on the
Phra Malai Legend1
One: Detailed Summary7
Two: A Brief Survey of Phra Malai Texts15
Type One: Promising Heavenly Rewards .16
Type Two: Warning of Hellish Tortures18
Three: Prior Texts and Previous Research25
Motifs and Possible Source Texts26
Place of Origin of Phra Malai Texts37
Research on Other Phra Malai Texts43
Four: The Pali/Lan Na Texts51
The Lan Na Literary Tradition52
Stylistic Features 56
Ritual Context: The Vessantara JOtaka61
Historical Connections67
Five: Phra Malai Klon Suat: The Popular Text93
The Medium93
Language and Form95
Teachings: Simple versus Sophisticated103
Retribution: Kammic and Comic112
Sources of the Hell Scenes117
Historical Context125
The Funerary Context129
Six: Phra Malai Kham Luang: The Royal Version. 149
The Historical Setting152
Poetry and Politics155
Poetry as Dana157
Poetic Techniques162
Rhyming Patterns169
Use of Pedantic Language175
Names and Epithets176
Appendix: Phra Malai Kham Luang: A Translation. 187
Bibliography: Works in Asian Languages235
Bibliography: Works in Western Languages241.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-252).
Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Michigan, 1992.


Library of Congress BQ1029.T52 B74 1995

The Physical Object

Pagination xiii, 252 p. :
Number of pages 252

ID Numbers

Open Library OL422809M
ISBN 10 1881044076
LC Control Number 98127894
OCLC/WorldCat 33599742
Goodreads 810841

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