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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


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]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
DOI: 10.1080/14442213.2016.1269832
Access Rights: Open Access


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