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Buddhist bomb diversion and an American airman reincarnate: World War folklore, airmindedness and spiritual air defense in Shan State, Myanmar

Ferguson, Jane


The Second World War indelibly transformed the political landscape of Southeast Asia. Few people in Myanmar’s Shan State today have any direct memories of the Japanese occupation and Allied bombing campaigns in the area. Therefore, folklore offers an important connection to the historical events and cultural geographies of war. Based on ethnography among Shan villagers carried out in 2015, this article discusses folklore regarding two specific aerial bombing incidents between the towns of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Cultural Geographies
DOI: 10.1177/1474474018762809


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