You are not currently logged in.
Access JSTOR through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Shan kho: The Essence of Misfortune
E. Paul Durrenberger
Bd. 77, H. 1./2. (1982), pp. 16-26
Published by: Anthropos Institut
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40460430
Page Count: 11
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
For the Shan, Tai Yai, of Maehongsorn Province in Thailand, kho is not a spirit proper. The Shan do not placate or propitiate it. Rather, kho is misfortune personified. When it strikes, whether it be caused by witchcraft, fever, disease, people try to send it away. They attempt to improve their Buddhist merit to prevent its evil effects. This paper describes how these Shan treat kho. The relevance of these observations for understanding Buddhism in the area is briefly indicated.
Anthropos © 1982 Anthropos Institut