Making Religion Through Moral Practice in Colonial Burma

When and Where

Friday, October 28, 2022 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Hitomi Fujimura (York Centre for Asian Research)


Intoxication, Women and Inter-religious Collaboration

Focusing on the Women's Christian Temperance Union and local Baptist women, this presentation argues that the multiple religious communities, not only the majority Buddhists, mutually engaged in the moral movement and religion-making in Colonial Burma. Thrugh textual analysis of almost identical rhetoric and expressions employed by Christians and Buddhists, this paper illustrates how discussions on moral practice created a public space for religion in Burma and the centrality of women in the dynamic.

This event is part of the Burma Past and Present: Religion, Ethnicity and Power, a series of readings and discussion of works in progress. Works in progress are read and discussed with the author.

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