M.A. - Religion (Asian)

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    Place-Based Chaplaincy: An Interfaith Approach to Chaplaincy Training.
    ( 2018-08) Ritter, Laura E. ; Religion (Asian)
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    Understanding the American Buddhist
    ([Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2011], 2011-08) Urich, Joshua
    This thesis catalogues the different ways three Asian Buddhist teachers present Buddhism to American audiences. Taking this approach has two benefits. First, it gives scholars a theoretical foundation of how Americans can incorporate Buddhism into their religious identities. Second, successful teachers often echo the desires of their audiences. Therefore, studying their messages reveals some of the beliefs and practices of American Buddhists. After examining three different Buddhist teachers, we will be better equipped to understand how Buddhism fits into American life. This new understanding shows that our current framework for discussing changing religious identities--namely the word "to convert"--is inappropriate for discussions of American Buddhism.
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    Beyond the Khalsa Panth : recognizing diversity in the Sikh community
    ([Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2011], 2011-08) Gellatly, Maria Chanan
    Within mainstream academia, Sikhism is often presented as a monolithic religion, and Sikhs as a monolithic community, concerned with outward markers of faith, political activism, and a history closely linked to the British Army. This thesis aims to shed light on the construction of this narrative within scholarship and bring to the forefront some of the more complex issues with Sikh identity. Through a historical look at the early Sikh Panth and the changes it underwent during colonial rule I will show that the traditional values of the Sikh community were quite different than those that are currently perpetuated in academia. Two case studies will illustrate the diversity of the Sikh Panth today, in an effort to begin a dialogue about non-Khalsa groups and practices within the Sikh community. Recognizing this diversity will bring scholars a deeper understanding of Sikhism and the complex issues of Sikh identity, both historically and in the modern day.
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    A commentary on the 1791 journal of Manuel Quimper Benitez del Pino
    ([Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2011], 2011-08) Bark, Caroline O'Neill
    Since 1778 foreign mariners arrived at the Hawaiian archipelago bringing with them goods, firearms, and new behaviors. Their arrival at the archipelago, during a period of political change, afforded Hawaiian chiefs military advantages. The promise of victory did not cause chiefs to rely solely on the generosity of foreigners, however. Through the 1791 journal of Spanish mariner, Manuel Quimper Benitez del Pino, this thesis aims to shed light on the ways in which Hawaiian chiefs skillfully dealt with foreigners, adapting traditional beliefs and practices to not only obtain desired goods, but to protect themselves and valuable information. Manuel Quimper was the first Spanish naval officer to visit the Hawaiian archipelago and his first-hand, written account, supplemented by other visitor accounts and scholarly sources, helps to elucidate the complexities of Hawaiian politics and religion in the early 1790's