AbstractThis article examines laws governing the inheritance of monastic property and discourse about such law, expressed in the two principle vernacular and Pāli genres of written law in circulation in seventeenth-century Burma: Vinaya and dhammasattha.Calling into question any strict divide between lay and monastic legal spheres, it shows that monastic inheritance did not fall under the exclusive jurisdiction of Vinaya, and also that Vinaya laws regulating monastic partition were appropriated by dhammasattha for application to the lay community.
SubjectsBuddhism and law, Vinaya, Buddhism--Discipline, Dhammasattha, Burma, Southeast Asia
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