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Laws of Destiny Never Disappear : Culture of Thailand in the Postlocal World

By: Matti Sarmela

... Translation © Annira Silver Original book: Matti Sarmela, Kohtalon lait eivät katoa. Elämää Pohjois-Thaimaan kylissä. ... ...hor. However, the name of the author must always be clearly indicated. Matti Sarmela Layout Hemmo Vattulainen Helsink... ... Matti Sarmela LAWS OF DESTINY ... ...e individual need not adhere to the norms of morality that existed in the Christian villages of the past or in the Buddhist communities of this book.... ... their old places. The village is also unusual in that it contains a small Christian parish with its own church, and the new village chief, elected in... ...h with its own church, and the new village chief, elected in 1998, is also Christian. From the Chiang Rai highway, before the north-eastern mountain f... ...ore. In Thailand, too, villagers have wanted to be self-sufficient. In the terminology of national economy, the village has produced and consumed toge... ...d a house for his family within his in-laws’ compound. In anthropological terminology, this type of residence is uxorilocal (matrilocal). According t... ... or sisters older or younger than themselves, and in the same way, kinship terminology also discloses whether e.g. the mother's or father's brother is...

...ge Buddhism. The author draws surprising parallels between the worldviews of peoples of Thailand and Finland, the past and future of local cultures. Matti Sarmela started collecting material on Northern Thailand in 1972. Based on a longitudinal field study, he wrote his description of three villages in Lampang Province, and the changes in villagers' lives over three decad...

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