Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand

Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand
Author: Brooke Schedneck
Publsiher: University of Washington Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-04-08
ISBN: 0295748931
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand Book Excerpt:

Temples are everywhere in Chiang Mai, filled with tourists as well as saffron-robed monks of all ages. The monks participate in daily urban life here as elsewhere in Thailand, where Buddhism is promoted, protected, and valued as a tourist attraction. Yet this mountain city offers more than a fleeting, commodified tourist experience, as the encounters between foreign visitors and Buddhist monks can have long-lasting effects on both parties. These religious contacts take place where economic motives, missionary zeal, and opportunities for cultural exchange coincide. Brooke Schedneck incorporates fieldwork and interviews with student monks and tourists to examine the innovative ways that Thai Buddhist temples offer foreign visitors spaces for religious instruction and popular in-person Monk Chat sessions in which tourists ask questions about Buddhism. Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand also considers how Thai monks perceive other religions and cultures and how they represent their own religion when interacting with tourists, resulting in a revealing study of how religious traditions adapt to an era of globalization.

Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand

Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand
Author: Assistant Professor Brooke Schedneck
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-06-18
ISBN: 9780295748924
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand Book Excerpt:

Temples are everywhere in Chiang Mai, filled with tourists as well as saffron-robed monks of all ages. The monks participate in daily urban life here as elsewhere in Thailand, where Buddhism is promoted, protected, and valued as a tourist attraction. Yet this mountain city offers more than a fleeting, commodified tourist experience, as the encounters between foreign visitors and Buddhist monks can have long-lasting effects on both parties. These religious contacts take place where economic motives, missionary zeal, and opportunities for cultural exchange coincide. Brooke Schedneck incorporates fieldwork and interviews with student monks and tourists to examine the innovative ways that Thai Buddhist temples offer foreign visitors spaces for religious instruction and popular in-person Monk Chat sessions in which tourists ask questions about Buddhism. Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand also considers how Thai monks perceive other religions and cultures and how they represent their own religion when interacting with tourists, resulting in a revealing study of how religious traditions adapt to an era of globalization.

Buddhism under Capitalism

Buddhism under Capitalism
Author: Richard K. Payne,Fabio Rambelli
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 219
Release: 2022-10-06
ISBN: 1350228346
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhism under Capitalism Book Excerpt:

This book argues that Buddhism has spread due to globalized capitalism, and explores how capitalism is also impacting Buddhists and Buddhism today. Edited by two leading scholars in Buddhist studies, the book examines how capitalism and neo-liberalism have shaped global perceptions of Buddhism, as well as specific local practices and attitudes. It examines the institutional practices that sustained the spread of Buddhism for two and a half millennia, and the adaptation of Buddhist institutions in contemporary, global economic systems-particularly in Europe and the United States over the last century and half. These innovative essays on the interfaces between Buddhism and capitalism will prompt readers to rethink the connection between Buddhism and secular society. Case studies include digital capitalism, tourism, and monasticism, and are drawn from the USA, Tibet, China, Japan, and Thailand.

Pilgrimage in the Age of Globalisation

Pilgrimage in the Age of Globalisation
Author: Nelia Hyndman-Rizk
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2012-04-25
ISBN: 1443839574
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pilgrimage in the Age of Globalisation Book Excerpt:

This edited collection brings together a series of ethnographically grounded studies on sacred and secular pilgrimage in the age of globalisation from around the world. Pilgrimage is explored as a distinctive form of mobility in late modernity, which emphasises inner transformation. Thus, the studies in this volume show how pilgrimage unifies physical and metaphysical mobility into a holistic project of self-realisation through motion.

Buddhist Tourism in Asia

Buddhist Tourism in Asia
Author: Courtney Bruntz,Brooke Schedneck
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 273
Release: 2020-03-31
ISBN: 0824882822
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhist Tourism in Asia Book Excerpt:

This innovative collaborative work—the first to focus on Buddhist tourism—explores how Buddhists, government organizations, business corporations, and individuals in Asia participate in re-imaginings of Buddhism through tourism. Contributors from religious studies, anthropology, and art history examine sacred places and religious monuments as they have been shaped and reshaped by socioeconomic and cultural trends in the region. Following an introduction that offers the first theoretical understanding of tourism from a Buddhist studies’ perspective, early chapters discuss the ways Buddhists and non-Buddhists imagine concepts and places related to the religion. Case studies highlight Buddhist peace in India, Buddhist heavens and hells in Singapore, Thai temple space, and the future Buddha Maitreya in China. Buddhist tourism’s connections to the state, market, and new technologies are explored in chapters on Indian package tours for pilgrims, thematic Buddhist tourism in Cambodia, the technological innovations of Buddhist temples in China, and the promotion of pilgrimage sites in Japan. Contributors then situate the financial concerns of Chinese temples, speed dating in temples in Japan, and the diffuse and pervasive nature of Buddhism for tourism promotion in Ladakh, India. How have tourist routes, groups, sites, and practices associated with Buddhism come to be possible and what are the effects? In what ways do travelers derive meaning from Buddhist places? How do Buddhist sites fortify national, cultural, or religious identities? The comparative research in South, Southeast, and East Asia presented here draws attention to the intertwining of the sacred and the financial and how local and national sites are situated within global networks. Together these findings generate a compelling comparative investigation of Buddhist spaces, identities, and practices.

Thailand s International Meditation Centers

Thailand s International Meditation Centers
Author: Brooke Schedneck
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2015-05-15
ISBN: 1317449398
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thailand s International Meditation Centers Book Excerpt:

This book explores contemporary practices within the new institution of international meditation centers in Thailand. It discusses the development of the lay vipassana meditation movement in Thailand and relates Thai Buddhism to contemporary processes of commodification and globalisation. Through an examination of how meditation centers are promoted internationally, the author considers how Thai Buddhism is translated for and embodied within international tourists who participate in meditation retreats in Thailand. Shedding new light on the decontextualization of religious practices, and raising new questions concerning tourism and religion, this book focuses on the nature of cultural exchange, spiritual tourism, and religious choice in modernity. With an aim of reframing questions of religious modernity, each chapter offers a new perspective on the phenomenon of spiritual seeking in Thailand. Offering an analysis of why meditation practices appeal to non-Buddhists, this book contends that religions do not travel as whole entities but instead that partial elements resonate with different cultures, and are appropriated over time.

Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Management 2nd Edition

Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Management  2nd Edition
Author: Razaq Raj,Kevin A Griffin
Publsiher: CABI
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2015-09-24
ISBN: 1780645236
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Management 2nd Edition Book Excerpt:

Within the past 10 years ‘Religious Tourism’ has seen both economic and education-sector growth on a global scale. This book addresses the central role of religious tourism and interrelationships with other aspects of pilgrimage management. It provides practical applications, models and illustrations and looks at secular and sacred spaces on a global stage. The second edition sees the introduction of a new structure and the addition of new international case studies. It is an invaluable reference for academics, students and practitioners and is a timely text on the future of faith-based tourism and pilgrimage.

Religion and Tourism

Religion and Tourism
Author: Michael Stausberg
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2011
ISBN: 0415549310
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion and Tourism Book Excerpt:

This book explores the dynamic interaction between religion and tourism in the modern world, asking questions such as 'what are the relationships between tourism and pilgrimage?' and 'what happens to religious performances, places and festivals that function as tourist attractions?' Surveying the growing body of work in the field, Michael Stausberg argues that tourism should be a major focus of research within religious studies.

Handbook of Research on Development and Religion

Handbook of Research on Development and Religion
Author: Matthew Clarke
Publsiher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Total Pages: 602
Release: 2013-01-01
ISBN: 0857933574
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Research on Development and Religion Book Excerpt:

With eighty percent of the world's population professing religious faith, religious belief is a common human characteristic. This fascinating and highly unique Handbook brings together state-of-the-art research on incorporating religion into development studies literature and research. The expert contributors illustrate that as religious identity is integral to a community's culture, exclusion of religious consideration will limit successful development interventions; it is therefore necessary to conflate religion and development to enhance efforts to improve the lives of the poor. Issues addressed include: key tenets, beliefs and histories of religions; religious response to development concerns (gender, environment, education, microfinance, humanitarian assistance); and the role of faith based organisations and missionaries in the wider development context. Practical case studies of countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and the Pacific (including Australia) underpin the research, providing evidence that the intersection between religion and development is neither new nor static. By way of conclusion, suggestions are prescribed for extensive further research in order to advance understanding of this nascent field. This path-breaking Handbook will prove a thought-provoking and stimulating reference tool for academics, researchers and students in international development, international relations, comparative religion and theology.

Buddhist Muslim Relations in a Theravada World

Buddhist Muslim Relations in a Theravada World
Author: Iselin Frydenlund,Michael Jerryson
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 311
Release: 2020-02-28
ISBN: 9813298847
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhist Muslim Relations in a Theravada World Book Excerpt:

This book is the first to critically analyze Buddhist-Muslim relations in Theravada Buddhist majority states in South and Southeast Asia. Asia is home to the largest population of Buddhists and Muslims. In recent years, this interfaith communal living has incurred conflicts, such as the ethnic-religious conflicts in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Experts from around the world collaborate to provide a comprehensive look into religious pluralism and religious violence. The book is divided into two sections. The first section provides historical background to the three countries with the largest Buddhist-Muslim relations. The second section has chapters that focus on specific encounters between Buddhists and Muslims, which includes anti-Buddhist sentiments in Bangladesh, the role of gender in Muslim-Buddhist relations and the rise of anti-Muslim and anti-Rohingya sentiments in Myanmar. By exploring historical fluctuations over time—paying particular attention to how state-formations condition Muslim-Buddhist entanglements—the book shows the processual and relational aspects of religious identity constructions and Buddhist-Muslim interactions in Theravada Buddhist majority states.

The Native Tourist

The Native Tourist
Author: Krishna B. Ghimire
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2013-12-02
ISBN: 1317973070
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Native Tourist Book Excerpt:

Domestic tourism in developing countries is rapidly outstripping international tourism and could soon involve ten times the numbers. This is an examination of the numbers involved, their profile, behaviour, impacts and the relevant policy responses. The volume looks at the impacts of local mass tourism in various socio-economic and environmental contexts and on diverse social groups. It provides analysis and overviews of seven of the main countries involved in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Sustainable Tourism IX

Sustainable Tourism IX
Author: J. Casares,F. Pineda
Publsiher: WIT Press
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2020-09-28
ISBN: 1784664073
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustainable Tourism IX Book Excerpt:

Today, tourism is an important component of development, not only in economic terms but also for knowledge and human welfare. Tourism today is an activity accessible to a growing number of people. The phenomenon has many more advantages than disadvantages. New forms of economic development and increasing wealth of human societies depend on tourism. Our knowledge of the world now includes a strong component due to tourism. Human welfare has physiological and psychological elements, which tourism promotes, both because of the enjoyment of knowing new territories and increasing contacts with near or far away societies and cultures. The tourism industry has nevertheless given rise to some serious concerns, including social costs and ecological impacts. Many ancient local cultures have practically lost their identity. Their societies have orientated their economy only to this industry. Both the natural and cultural – rural or urban – landscapes have also paid a high price for certain forms of tourism. These problems will persist if the economic benefit is the only target, leading to economic gains that eventually become ruinous. It is also important to consider that visitors nowadays are increasingly demanding in cultural and environmental terms. Never before have transport and communication links been so important as today. Natural ecosystems are now a rarity on the planet and ecologists talk today about ‘socio-ecosystems’. Given this, tourism and environmental education are facing a major challenge. Tourism also plays an important role in the natural environmental changes that are strongly affected by technological and social developments. Natural changes are inherent in the Earth’s ecosystem (the ‘ecosphere’). Also, technological and social changes are inherent to mankind (the ‘noosphere’) and are now becoming widespread. Cities are growing rapidly and industry requires increasingly larger areas. Many traditional rural areas are being abandoned. However, many historic agricultural districts have maintained, or even recovered, their local population numbers through intelligent strategies of tourism focused on nature and rural culture. Natural landscapes and biodiversity are becoming increasingly appreciated. The tourism industry must be able to respond to these aspirations. The 9th International Conference on Sustainable Tourism had the aim of finding ways to protect the natural and cultural landscape through the development of new solutions which minimise the adverse effects of tourism. A selection of the papers presented at the meeting form this volume.

Religious Tourism and the Environment

Religious Tourism and the Environment
Author: Kiran A. Shinde,Daniel H. Olsen
Publsiher: CABI
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2020-09-30
ISBN: 178924160X
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious Tourism and the Environment Book Excerpt:

The remarkable growth in religious tourism across the world has generated considerable interest in the impacts of this type of tourism. Focusing here on environmental issues, this book moves beyond the documentation of environmental impacts to examine in greater depth the intersections between religious tourism and the environment. Beginning with an in-depth introduction that highlights the intersections between religion, tourism, and the environment, the book then focuses on the environment as a resource or generator for religious tourism and as a recipient of the impacts of religious tourism. Chapters included discuss such important areas as theological views, environmental responsibility, and host perspectives.

Living Theravada

Living Theravada
Author: Brooke Schedneck
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2023-04-18
ISBN: 1611809711
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living Theravada Book Excerpt:

An illuminating introduction to the contemporary world of Theravada Buddhism and its rich culture and practices in modern mainland Southeast Asia. Theravada translates as “the way of the Elders,” indicating that this Buddhist tradition considers itself to be the most authoritative and pure. Tracing all the way back to the time of the Buddha, Theravada Buddhism is distinguished by canonical literature preserved in the Pali language, beliefs, and practices—and this literature is often specialized and academic in tone. By contrast, this book will serve as a foundational and accessible resource on Theravada Buddhism and the contemporary, lived world of its enduring tradition. Brooke Schedneck has done extensive research on topics such as religions of Southeast Asia, contemporary Buddhism, gender in Asian religions, and religious tourism. Narrowing in on topics such as temples, monastic lives, lay Buddhists, meditation, and Buddhist objects, Schedneck highlights the thriving diversity of Theravada Buddhists today. Exploring Theravada as a lived religion reveals how people apply various expressions in everyday life. She presents to readers the most important practices and beliefs of Theravada Buddhists, illustrated through contemporary debates about what represents proper Theravada practice within Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand in the twenty-first century. Additionally, practical information is provided in appendices about what temples and practice centers readers can visit as well as a temple etiquette guide offering tips for being a respectful visitor. While academics will benefit from and appreciate this overview, the writing offers a refreshing introduction to a complex tradition for readers new to the subject.

Issues in Hospitality Travel and Tourism 2011 Edition

Issues in Hospitality  Travel  and Tourism  2011 Edition
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: ScholarlyEditions
Total Pages: 129
Release: 2012-01-09
ISBN: 1464968020
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Issues in Hospitality Travel and Tourism 2011 Edition Book Excerpt:

Issues in Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism / 2011 Edition is a ScholarlyEditions™ eBook that delivers timely, authoritative, and comprehensive information about Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism. The editors have built Issues in Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism: 2011 Edition on the vast information databases of ScholarlyNews.™ You can expect the information about Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism in this eBook to be deeper than what you can access anywhere else, as well as consistently reliable, authoritative, informed, and relevant. The content of Issues in Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism: 2011 Edition has been produced by the world’s leading scientists, engineers, analysts, research institutions, and companies. All of the content is from peer-reviewed sources, and all of it is written, assembled, and edited by the editors at ScholarlyEditions™ and available exclusively from us. You now have a source you can cite with authority, confidence, and credibility. More information is available at http://www.ScholarlyEditions.com/.

Religion and Mobility in a Globalising Asia

Religion and Mobility in a Globalising Asia
Author: SinWen Lau
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 149
Release: 2017-07-05
ISBN: 1351551558
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion and Mobility in a Globalising Asia Book Excerpt:

This volume examines the dynamic, mutually constitutive, relationship between religion and mobility in the contemporary era of Asian globalisation in which an increasing number of people have been displaced, forcefully or voluntarily, by an expanding global market economy and lasting regional political strife. Seven case studies provide up-to-date ethnographic perspectives on the translocal/transnational dimension of religion and the religious/spiritual aspect of movement. The chapters draw on research into Buddhism, Islam, Chinese qigong, Christianity and communal ritual as these religious beliefs and practices move in and across Singapore, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the upper Mekong region, the Thai-Burma border, the Middle East and France. With these diverse and rich ethnographic cases on translocal/transnational Asian religious practices and subjectivities, the book transcends the conventional nation-state centered framework to look into how mobile religious agents are redefining boundaries of local, regional, national identities and recreating translocal, transnational and interregional connectivity. In so doing, it illustrates the importance of promoting a dynamic understanding of Asia not just as a geopolitical entity but as an ongoing social and religious formation in late modernity. This book was published as a special issue of the Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology.

Faith in the Future

Faith in the Future
Author: Thomas Reuter,Alexander Horstmann
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2012-10-12
ISBN: 9004230378
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Faith in the Future Book Excerpt:

Revitalization of religious and cultural traditions is taking place in nearly all contemporary Asian societies and beyond. This book provides a comparative analysis of the key features and aspirations of revitalization movements and assesses their scope for shaping the future.

New Pathways in Pilgrimage Studies

New Pathways in Pilgrimage Studies
Author: Dionigi Albera,John Eade
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2016-11-18
ISBN: 1317267656
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

New Pathways in Pilgrimage Studies Book Excerpt:

Although there has been a massive increase in the volume of pilgrimage research and publications, traditional Anglophone scholarship has been dominated by research in Western Europe and North America. In their previous edited volume, International Perspectives on Pilgrimage Studies (Routledge, 2015), Albera and Eade sought to expand the theoretical, disciplinary and geographical perspectives of Anglophone pilgrimage studies. This new collection of essays builds on this earlier work by moving away from Eurasia and focusing on areas of the world where non-Christian pilgrimages abound. Individual chapters examine the practice of ziyarat in the Maghreb and South Asia, Hindu pilgrimage in India and different pilgrimage traditions across Malaysia and China before turning towards the Pacific islands, Australia, South Africa and Latin America, where Christian pilgrimages co-exist and sometimes interweave with indigenous traditions. This book also demonstrates the impact of political and economic processes on religious pilgrimages and discusses the important development of secular pilgrimage and tourism where relevant. Highly interdisciplinary, international, and innovative in its approach, New Pathways in Pilgrimage Studies: Global Perspectives will be of interest to those working in religious studies, pilgrimage studies, anthropology, cultural geography and folklore studies.

Tourism and Monarchy in Southeast Asia

Tourism and Monarchy in Southeast Asia
Author: Ploysri Porananond
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 266
Release: 2016-09-23
ISBN: 1443816612
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tourism and Monarchy in Southeast Asia Book Excerpt:

Monarchies around the world play a significant role in tourism development and the tourist experience. Debates about the level of finance required to support monarchies often refer to the positive tourist attraction provided by royal pageantry, palaces, temples and churches, architecture, museum collections, and historical legacies. Up to now, the literature on tourism and monarchy has been primarily devoted to the history and experiences of Western Europe, particularly the United Kingdom. There has been little attention devoted to the relationship between monarchy and tourism development in Southeast Asia, and this is the first collection of essays to address this neglected field of study. The need to shift the focus from European to Asian royalty is important not only to begin to fill gaps in the literature on monarchy and tourism outside Europe, but also to avoid the increasing criticism of tourism studies that its major perspectives, orientations and paradigms have been based on an overly Eurocentric preoccupation. Case studies are taken from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore.

Monks Money and Morality

Monks  Money  and Morality
Author: Christoph Brumann,Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko,Beata Switek
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2021-04-22
ISBN: 1350213772
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Monks Money and Morality Book Excerpt:

Vibrantly engaging contemporary Buddhist lives, this book focuses on the material and financial relations of contemporary monks, temples, and laypeople. It shows that rather than being peripheral, economic exchanges are key to religious debate in Buddhist societies. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in countries ranging from India to Japan, including all three major Buddhist traditions, the book addresses the flows of goods and services between clergy and laity, the management of resources, the treatment of money, and the role of the state in temple economies. Along with documenting ritual and economic practices, these accounts deal with the moral challenges that Buddhist adherents are facing today, thereby bringing lived experience to the study of an often-romanticized religion.