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Poligrafi Vol. 27, no. 105/106 (2022):

Transplanted Buddhism in and from Southeast Asia: Old Communities, Immigrants, and Missionaries

Special Issue Co-editors:

Associate Professor Dr. Anja Zalta, Sociology Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dr. Yaoping Liu, International College, Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep, Thailand

Special Issue Information

Southeast Asia had emerged as the preferred stopping point for Buddhists traveling between India and China via maritime routes as early as the 3rd century A.D. and onward. The Buddhist sculptures and texts unearthed so far help trace the existence of Mahayana Buddhism across this region back to the 7th century, and even earlier. In the modern era, Theravada monks from Thailand, Myanmar, and other Southeast countries were dispatched to various non-Buddhist countries as the "missionaries" to serve the religious needs of the immigrant communities from their home countries in respect. In the 19th century, Mahayana monks from China started emigrating to Southeast Asia. Supported by the local Chinese communities, they built many temples in the host countries, where they have subsequently grown in size and influence to date.

Focusing on Southeast Asia, this special issue documents and investigates these trans-regional Buddhist movements past and present. The articles cover a range of Buddhist traditions emigrating into, out of, and within Southeast Asia. The articles explore, for example, the original purpose of emigration, the established communities, the present vibrancy of the tradition, etc. Though focusing on Buddhism, the articles also provide data and analysis concerning minority religious traditions in general.

Associate Professor Dr. Anja Zalta

Dr. Yaoping Liu

Submission Deadline: 28 February 2022