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Property holdings and vicissitudes of Burmese nunnery schools.

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Journal publication date1/12/2002
JournalKokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakabutsukan Kenkyu - Hokuku
Number of pages27
Original languageEnglish


This thesis examines the religious standing of Buddhist nuns by focusing on the features of property holdings in Buddhist nunnery schools, which manifest a synthesis of private and communal, implying an ambivalent position for Buddhist nuns. It also attempts to reveal the secret of high educational standards achieved by Burmese Buddhist nuns by looking at ingenious ways in which they manage their everyday life; the 'aoe' as a fundamental economic unit, and the patterns of partnership formed between the nuns. These strategies have been essential in order to maximise time and energy to concentrate on their Buddhist studies. It also examines the practice of succession in Buddhist nunneries that has allowed blood and kinship to replace merit and loyalty of the disciples. As a result, nunneries tend to lose their function as educational institutions usually after one generation, initiating their own downfall.

Bibliographic note

RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies