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The political theology of development in Asia
Giuseppe Bolotta
Philip Fountain
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R. Michael Feener

-liberal capitalism. The king’s sufficiency economy, also praised by the UN, was then inserted in the military designed 2007 constitution as an ‘authentically’ Thai mode of production. It is important to bear in mind that, as Andrew Johnson ( 2013 ) has argued, ‘contra a Weberian idea of disenchanting modernity, national development and the rise of image-making technology has increased the magical-divine aura of the [Thai] monarch’. Neo-liberal capitalist trends, social media, new technologies, and television have actually provided digital support and an unprecedented aesthetic

in Political theologies and development in Asia
Buddhist salvation and the
Edoardo Siani

plastic stars, which they could then hang on the branches. Visitors could broadcast their sanctity to the world by photographing themselves inside a nearby booth and sharing the memory on social media. Trees play a central role in Buddhist myth and iconography. Of course, the Buddha became enlightened under a bodhi tree ( ton pho ). The Three Worlds ( traiphum ), a fourteenth-century cosmological treatise that is the basis of Thai Buddhist cosmology, includes mention of ‘wishing trees’. These beautiful and magical trees are depicted in proximity to spiritually

in Political theologies and development in Asia