By John Clifford Holt William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities in Religion & Asian Studies Spirits of the Place
is a rare and timely contribution to our understanding of religious culture in Laos and Southeast Asia. Most often studied as a part of Thai, Vietnamese, or Khmer history, Laos remains a terra incognita to most Westerners -- and to many people living throughout Asia as well. John Holt's new book brings this fascinating nation into focus. With its overview of Lao Buddhism and analysis of how shifting political power -- from royalty to democracy to communism -- has impacted Lao religious culture, the book offers an integrated account of the entwined political and relgious history of Laos from the fourteenth century to the contemporary era.
- From the jacket.