Wayward Distractions

Wayward Distractions:
Ornament, Emotion, Zombies and the Study of Buddhism in Thailand

Justin Thomas McDaniel
September 2021
NUS Press & Kyoto University Press




From romance stories to amulet collecting, modern Buddhist installation art to the education of Buddhist nuns, these collected articles span twenty years of studying Thai art, literature, and material culture. This is certainly an eclectic collection. However, it is not a disconnected one. The introduction describes specific theoretical threads and research itineraries thus revealing how these articles speak to each other and to major developments in the field over this time. They also point to new directions towards which the field of Thai Studies can travel.