The sacred geography of Bangkok's markets

Journal Article

Vernacular shrines pervade the markets of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and a globalized city in Southeast Asia. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Bangkok, this article traces the history of cross-border flows and shifting political economic arrangements that remapped the sacred geography of the city. It considers the consolidation of a pantheon of enchanted figures into a modern 'prosperity religion' that is practiced in commercial enterprises as well as in daily life across the country. Mapping the spiritual geography embodied in market shrines reveals changing mobilizations of local and transnational circuits of spiritual power in relation to the shifting national and transnational flows of material and cultural power. © 2008 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2008 Joint Editors and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilson, A

Published Date

  • September 15, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 631 - 642

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-2427

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0309-1317

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2008.00801.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus