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Theravada Buddhism and village economy: A comparative study in Sipsong Panna of southwest China.


Theravada Buddhism prevails not only in the Southeast Asian countries of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia, but also along the border areas of the Chinese province of Yunnan. The largest group of Theravada Buddhist adherents in China is the Tai Lue found in Sipsong Panna, southern Yunnan, who had adopted the religion by no later than the thirteenth century.