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The Buddha in Lanna: Art, Lineage, Power, and Place in Northern Thailand

Provides historical study on Thai traditional Buddha statue, drawn from palm-leaf manuscripts, inscriptions, chronicles, histories, and legends written by monks in Lanna. Examines Buddha images of Tai, Thai traditional donation of the Buddha images, monkhood and monastic political power, as well as their influence on Lanna society. Studies concepts and materials of the Buddha images as social agents and mediator, as well as their implication for history, landscape, and local conceptions of place. Analyzes the broader meaning of Buddha image representations in terms of objects for donation, wishes, economic values, and transferrable power which leads to ‘copying’ images as to imitate unusual magical power and other beliefs.