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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
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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.
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