Author Le Hoang Anh Thu
Article Title Techniques of Death: Buddhist Practice, Femininity and Self-Cultivation at the Last Stage of Life in Vietnam
full text https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2016.1269832
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Source The Asia Pacific journal of anthropology. vol. 18, no. 2 (Apr. 2017), p. 149-164
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Journal Title The Asia Pacific journal of anthropology.
Copy vol. 18, no. 2 (Apr. 2017), p. 149-164
ISSN 1444-2213
Brief substance This article explores how death is conceptualised by elderly lay Buddhist women in Hồ Chí Minh City (Vietnam). It explores the traits of a ‘good death’ which elderly laywomen wish to experience, and their dedicated practice of Buddhism to prepare themselves for a peaceful end stage of life. This article contends that, in fact, women’s perceptions of death speak to their desires to live a life with dignity and retain their full personhood and nurturing femininity which they have embodied throughout their adult lives even until their last moments. They pursue devotional practices to train their body and mind in order to prepare themselves for the critical moment of dying, believing that these self-cultivating practices will enable them to transcend physical suffering and mental confusion, and immediately move on to the next, better life
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full text https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2016.1269832

 
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