The Culture of Giving in Myanmar

Buddhist Offerings, Reciprocity and Interdependence

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Hiroko Kawanami
  • London: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , June
     200 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


How can people living in one of the poorest countries in the world be among the most charitable?

In this book, Hiroko Kawanami examines the culture of giving in Myanmar, and explores the pivotal role that Buddhist monastic members occupy in creating a platform for civil society. Despite having at one time been listed as one of the poorest countries in the world in GNP terms, Myanmar has topped a global generosity list for the past four years with more than 90 percent of the population engaged in 'giving' activities.

This book explores the close relationship that Buddhists share with the monastic community in Myanmar, extending observations of this relationship into an understanding of wider Buddhist cultures. It then examines how deeply the reciprocal transactions of giving and receiving in society – or interdependent living – are implicated in the Buddhist faith.

The Culture of Giving in Myanmar fills a gap in research on Buddhist offerings in Myanmar, and is an important contribution to the growing field of Myanmar studies and anthropology of Buddhism.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Hiroko Kawanami



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