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About the Contributors ROBERT BROWN (Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles) is Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art History at UCLA. He recently published a monograph The Dvâratî Wheels of the Law and the Indianization of Southeast Asia (E. J. Brill, 1996) and edited a volume on Ganesh: Studies of an Asian God. GUSTAAF HOUTMAN (Ph.D., University of London) is an anthropologist who specializes in the study of Burmese meditation traditions. He is the news editor of Anthropology Today and held the first E. R. Leach–Royal Anthropological Institute Fellowship at the University of Manchester. THOMAS J. HUDAK (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Associate Professor for Southeast Asian Languages and Linguistics at Arizona State University. His publication The Tale of Prince Samuttakote: A Buddhist Epic from Thailand is a translation of a Thai/Pâli jâtaka text. PAUL JOHNSON is a doctoral candidate in History of Religions at the University of Chicago. FORREST MCGILL (Ph.D., University of Michigan), an art historian of South and Southeast Asia, is Director of the Galleries at Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia. His recent publications include the essay “Jatakas, Universal Monarchs, and the Year 2000,” published in Atibus Asiae 53, nos. 3–4. REGINALD RAY (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is a scholar of Sanskrit and Tibetan Buddhism at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches in the Department of Religion at the University of Colorado. He is the author of Buddhist Saints in India. 365 FRANK REYNOLDS (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Professor of History of Religions and Buddhist Studies at the University of Chicago. He has published several books and articles. Among them is his Three Worlds According to King Ruang: A Thai Buddhist Cosmology, a translation with introduction and notes, coauthored with Mani B. Reynolds. JULIANE SCHOBER (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University. She conducted extensive anthropological fieldwork in Mandalay, Burma. Her current work focuses on the role of Buddhism and the state in the Burmese quest for modernity. JOHN STRONG (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Professor of Religious Studies at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. His publications include monographs and articles on Indian Buddhist traditions. He is the author of The Legend and Cult of Upagupta. JAMES L. TAYLOR (Ph.D., MacQuarie University) is Lecturer in Anthropology at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He is the author of Forest Monks and Nation-State: An Anthropological and Historical Study in Northeastern Thailand. JONATHAN WALTERS (Ph.D., University of Chicago) has conducted research in Sri Lanka. He is Assistant Professor in the Division of Humanities and Arts at Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington. MARK R. WOODWARD (Ph.D., University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign ) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He publishes on Southeast Asian religions, including Islam, Buddhism, and tribal religions, and has published a recent monograph, Islam In Java. 366  Contributors ...


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