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Traditional Beliefs of the Mon nationals living in Hinthagon
- Traditional beliefs are beliefs that arise and develop in the history of the social group, and that are transmitted from one generation to the next through those social processes that are denoted by socialization. All the Mon nationals living in Hinthagon believe in Buddhism and worship the Buddha as the Enlightened One unique beyond comparison. However, most of them believe in their traditional spirits (Nats) propitiated from the time of their ancestors because they believe that it is connected with their health, economy and social activities. For this purpose, the objectives of this paper are to find out why they believe in traditional spirits (Nats), how they accept and practise the rites concerned with them, how the results relate to their daily life, and to elicit whether the tradition of spirit propitiation is one of the most important factors in maintaining their ethnic identity or not. To achieve the aim of this study, ethnographic method or qualitative method was used. By conducting this study, the connections between the traditional spirit propitiation and the socioeconomic life can be found out. And, who have the chance to inherit the spirit propitiation of Mon nationals can be elicited.
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- Universities Research Journal