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2018/07/18 | The Conversation
Rescued Thai Boys Contemplate the Monastic Life
Some of the 12 schoolboys rescued from a cave in Thailand are considering becoming monks. For them, this may be a way of showing gratitude to their rescuers.
2018/07/12 | The Conversation
Thailand's Caves Are Mythological Wonderlands
All 12 Thai schoolboys and their football coach have been rescued from Thailand's Tham Luang cave complex. Northern Thailand's caves are considered labyrinths of sacred spirit.
2017/07/31 | ZiQing Low
An Almighty Con? Taiwan’s ‘Purple Shirts’ and their Master
Former members of the massive religious group are speaking out about high fees, harassment, and the leader's spurious claims.
2017/07/07 | Jichang Lulu
Using Religion Against Itself: State-Managed Buddhism and Chinese-Mongolian Relations
Tibetan Buddhist soft power will likely continue to evolve as a tool of Chinese policy towards Mongolia, Russia, the Himalayas, the Tibetan diaspora, Western Buddhists and international Buddhist organizations.
2017/02/13 | Sarah Karacs
The Thai Occult Taking Hong Kong by Storm
The Thai amulet trade is growing in Hong Kong, making waves in China, and has factions in Singapore and Malaysia.
2017/01/13 | Dinith Adikari
Is Ma Ba Tha Really in Decline?
Despite suffering a series of grave blows, an ’emotional story’ keeps the controversial Buddhist group active and influential in Myanmar, Dinith Adikari writes.