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The sacred elephant in the room: Ganesha cults in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ayuttacorn, Arratee; Ferguson, Jane

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In recent years, Thai society has been portrayed as increasingly fractured along class, political and cultural lines. Meanwhile, a variety of religious cults have gathered devotees by promoting their practices as a means to ameliorate precarity or secure the future. Ganesha, the Hindu god of new beginnings and remover of obstacles, while long incorporated into and worshipped within Thai Buddhism, has recently increased in popularity. Through the study of two Ganesha-focused institutions in...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorAyuttacorn, Arratee
dc.contributor.authorFerguson, Jane
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-09T04:34:44Z
dc.identifier.issn0268-540X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/173592
dc.description.abstractIn recent years, Thai society has been portrayed as increasingly fractured along class, political and cultural lines. Meanwhile, a variety of religious cults have gathered devotees by promoting their practices as a means to ameliorate precarity or secure the future. Ganesha, the Hindu god of new beginnings and remover of obstacles, while long incorporated into and worshipped within Thai Buddhism, has recently increased in popularity. Through the study of two Ganesha-focused institutions in Chiang Mai province, this article will explore how this Hindu god's meaning is constructed within the religious marketplace as well as how and why people are increasingly turning to Ganesha for certain worldly problems. As the article will show, there is a new, syncretic form of re-enchantment taking place in Ganesha worship in Chiang Mai, which seeks to give people the tools to negotiate meaning and identity in a fractious political economy.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by the Academic Development Fund, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherWiley
dc.rights© 2018 Wiley
dc.sourceAnthropology Today
dc.titleThe sacred elephant in the room: Ganesha cults in Chiang Mai, Thailand
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume34
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor220406 - Studies in Eastern Religious Traditions
local.identifier.absfor200202 - Asian Cultural Studies
local.identifier.absfor160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4485658xPUB1576
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.wiley.com/en-gb
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationAyuttacorn, Arratee, Chiang Mai University
local.contributor.affiliationFerguson, Jane, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue5
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage5
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage9
local.identifier.doi10.1111/1467-8322.12458
local.identifier.absseo950404 - Religion and Society
dc.date.updated2019-04-21T08:30:02Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85054161444
local.identifier.thomsonID000446056400003
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