TAPSA: "How Buddhist Novice Monks Adjust to Monastic Aesthetics in Northern Thai Summer Camps"

TAPSA presentation by Michael Chladek.

This dissertation chapter explores “novice summer camps” (khrongkan buat samanen phak rueduron) in which boys across Thailand ordain for several weeks during the summer break from school. A main goal is for boys to learn to “adjust themselves” (prab tua) to temporary monasticism and behaving riaproi, a particular aesthetic and way of being that is neat and orderly. I argue that being riaproi is closely tied to ideas of “Thainess” (khwampenthai), linking the self-cultivation work of “novice summer camps” to Thai nationalism.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 4:30pm