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Edoardo SIANI writes about power in Buddhist Thailand. Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, he holds a PhD in Anthropology and Sociology from SOAS, University of London. He has resided in Bangkok since 2002.

The Diviner and the Billionaire: Wealth as Mystery in Buddhist Thailand

A Bangkok roadside diviner examines two luxurious skyscrapers along the river. He believes that they were erected by Thailand’s largest corporation, the CP Group (Zheng Da in Chinese), on the instructions of their formidable in-house diviners. The master replicates a Buddhist discourse, according to which wealth flows naturally to those who can unlock the secrets of the cosmos.

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