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Techniques of Death: Buddhist Practice, Femininity and Self-Cultivation at the Last Stage of Life in Vietnam

Hoang Anh Thu, Le

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This article explores how death is conceptualised by elderly lay Buddhist women in Hồ Chí Minh City (Vietnam). It explores the traits of a ‘good death’ which elderly laywomen wish to experience, and their dedicated practice of Buddhism to prepare themselves for a peaceful end stage of life. This article contends that, in fact, women’s perceptions of death speak to their desires to live a life with dignity and retain their full personhood and nurturing femininity which they have embodied...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHoang Anh Thu, Le
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-05T04:15:38Z
dc.identifier.issn1444-2213
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/114494
dc.description.abstractThis article explores how death is conceptualised by elderly lay Buddhist women in Hồ Chí Minh City (Vietnam). It explores the traits of a ‘good death’ which elderly laywomen wish to experience, and their dedicated practice of Buddhism to prepare themselves for a peaceful end stage of life. This article contends that, in fact, women’s perceptions of death speak to their desires to live a life with dignity and retain their full personhood and nurturing femininity which they have embodied throughout their adult lives even until their last moments. They pursue devotional practices to train their body and mind in order to prepare themselves for the critical moment of dying, believing that these self-cultivating practices will enable them to transcend physical suffering and mental confusion, and immediately move on to the next, better life.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by the School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University under Research and Professional Development Funding; and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government under Australia Awards.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.rights© 2017 The Australian National University
dc.sourceThe Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
dc.subjectBuddhism
dc.subjectVietnam
dc.subjectAging
dc.subjectEnd Stage of Life
dc.subjectGood Death
dc.titleTechniques of Death: Buddhist Practice, Femininity and Self-Cultivation at the Last Stage of Life in Vietnam
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume18
dc.date.issued2017
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.routledge.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDepartment of Anthropology, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage149
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage164
local.identifier.doi10.1080/14442213.2016.1269832
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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