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By Justin Nadir on September 4th, 2013

Thomas Patton is a Ph.D. candidate of Buddhist Studies in the Asian Religions Program at Cornell University. His research interests concern lived religion in Myanmar, specifically local cults of sorcerer saints (weizzā), shrines, miracles, and other manifestations of religious devotion. Tom is currently writing a dissertation on weizzā saints and their devotees based on years of ethnographic and textual research in Myanmar. He has recently published an article, “In Pursuit of the Sorcerer’s Power: Sacred Diagrams as Technologies of Potency,” in Contemporary Buddhism volume 13, no.2 (2012). Future projects include ethnographic research on hermit groups in Myanmar and translations of 19th century palm-leaf manuscripts related to weizzā practices.

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