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By Anya Bernstein

Religious our bodies Politic examines the advanced dating among transnational faith and politics in the course of the lens of 1 cosmopolitan neighborhood in Siberia: Buryats, who dwell in a semiautonomous republic inside Russia with a wide Buddhist inhabitants. non secular transformation between Buryats throughout altering political economies, Anya Bernstein argues that below stipulations of speedy social change—such as those who followed the Russian Revolution, the chilly battle, and the autumn of the Soviet Union—Buryats have used Buddhist “body politics” to articulate their dating not just with the Russian kingdom, but additionally with the bigger Buddhist world.


During those sessions, Bernstein indicates, definite humans and their our bodies turned key websites during which Buryats conformed to and challenged Russian political rule. She offers specific instances of those emblematic bodies—dead our bodies of recognized priests, transitority our bodies of reincarnated lamas, ascetic and celibate our bodies of Buddhist monastics, and dismembered our bodies of lay disciples given as imaginary presents to spirits—to examine the explicit ways that faith and politics have intersected. Contributing to the transforming into literature on postsocialism and reports of sovereignty that concentrate on the physique, Religious our bodies Politic is an engaging representation of the way this neighborhood hired Buddhism to conform to key moments of political change.

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