Review Essay: The Buddha’s Wizards


  • Justin W. Henry Georgia College & State University



Theravada Buddhism, Burma, new religious movements, material culture, magic, healing


The Buddha’s Wizards: Magic, Protection, and Healing in Burmese Buddhism by Thomas Nathan Patton. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. US $60 (hardcover). xxxiv + 187 pp. ISBN: 9780231187602.

Author Biography

  • Justin W. Henry, Georgia College & State University

    Visiting Lecturer, Georgia College & State University.


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How to Cite

Henry, J. W. (2020). Review Essay: The Buddha’s Wizards. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 48(3-4), 53-55.