A BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR RESEARCH IN THAILAND

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR RESEARCH IN THAILAND Since 1986, my wife, Dr. Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel (Director, Buddhist Studies, Chaminade University), and I have been visiting Thailand during most summers to collaborate with Thai colleagues in researching various aspects of spiritual ecology and sacred places in relation to biodiversity conservation with special attention to Buddhism. From the outset of our first visit to Thailand it was obvious that religion was often a factor in the daily lives of many people and that this influenced their relationship to their natural environment as well, thus our interest in spiritual ecology began. While some 95% of Thai are Buddhists to some degree, elements of Animism and Hinduism are often incorporated in their beliefs, rituals, and values as well. Through more than a decade of library research we have explored and published on the subjects of Buddhist ecology, spiritual ecology, and sacred places in general as some of the background for our field research in Thailand. . Our first field research project investigated the influence of religion on the use of wild animals by comparing adjacent Buddhist and Muslim communities in southern Thailand. Several Thai colleagues at
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2011 for the course ANTH 482 taught by Professor Mills during the Spring '11 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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