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Moore, Elizabeth and Win Maung, (Tampawaddy) (2016) 'The Social Dynamics of Pagoda Repair in Upper Myanmar.' Journal of Burma Studies, 20 (1). pp. 149-198.

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The article assesses the complex interrelationships that motivate, finance, and see a pagoda repair project to completion. Formalizing recording risks destroying the social cohesion generated through the activities of instigation, donation, designing, building, erecting, and consecrating needed to complete a pagoda repair. Whether in a village or city, renovation is not just a building upgrade but a significant mechanism connecting religious and lay communities. The process of renovation engages the wider public from the urban elite to artisans, builders, shopkeepers, and farmers. In a religious context, the dedicated space of the pagoda compound and the dana or charitable giving replenishes the teachings the structure.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Myanmar, Buddhism, pagoda, renovation
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History of Art and Archaeology
ISSN: 1094799X
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Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2016 16:40

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