Cambodian Buddhism in the United States

Cambodian Buddhism in the United States

by Carol A. Mortland

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The first comprehensive anthropological description of the Khmer Buddhism practiced by Cambodian refugees in the United States over the past four decades.

Cambodian Buddhism in the United States is the first comprehensive anthropological study of Khmer Buddhism as practiced by Khmer refugees in the United States. Based on research conducted at Khmer temples and sites throughout the country over a period of three and a half decades, Carol A. Mortland uses participant observation, open-ended interviews, life histories, and dialogues with Khmer monks and laypeople to explore the everyday practice of Khmer religion, including spirit beliefs and healing rituals. This ethnography is enriched and supplemented by the use of historical accounts, reports, memoirs, unpublished life histories, and family memorabilia painstakingly preserved by refugees. Mortland also traces the changes that Cambodians have made to religion as they struggle with the challenges of living in a new country, learning English, and supporting themselves. The beliefs and practices of Khmer Muslims and Khmer Christians in the United States are also reviewed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438466651
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 366
File size: 972 KB

About the Author

Carol A. Mortland is a retired professor and the coeditor (with David W. Haines) of Manifest Destinies: Americanizing Immigrants and Internationalizing Americans, and (with May M. Ebihara and Judy Ledgerwood) Cambodian Culture Since 1975: Homeland and Exile.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. Khmer Buddhism Beliefs

3. Rituals of Khmer Buddhism

4. Non-Buddhist Cambodians

5. Rebuilding Khmer Buddhism

6. Temple Expansion

7. Religious Personnel

8. Temple Organization

9. Beyond the Temple

10. Congregation

11. Temple Contributions

12. Temple Difficulties

13. Additional Difficulties

14. Epilogue

Appendix: Khmer Buddhist Temples in the United States

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