BOOK REVIEWS Sacred Rocks and Buddhist Caves in Thailand. Christophe Munier. Bangkok: White Lotus, 1998. xii þ 266 pp.; illustrations (some in color); maps. Hardcover. Reviewed by Rasmi Shoocongdej, Silpakorn University It is always a pleasure to read a comprehensive book about Thailand. In Sacred Rocks and Buddhist Caves in Thailand, French scholar Christophe Munier makes a wonderful e¤ort to integrate archaeological data with his knowledge of Thai Buddhist culture and his experiences traveling in Thailand between 1985 and 1994. The focus of this volume is a study of the symbolic value of rocks and caves within historical, cultural, and religious contexts. The volume is illustrated with 300 plates, maps, and diagrams. Information on other Asian countries is also included, providing useful information for both the interested reader and the tourist. Munier defines ``sacred'' rocks as those that are widely worshipped by the Thai, not exclusively from the Buddhist context, and he covers myths, animism, and other religious beliefs. ``Buddhist caves'' refers to caves with cosmogonic elements of the Buddhist landscape that are not commonly found in the present-day context. The volume is divided into three parts: a general introduction, followed by separate sections devoted to sacred rocks
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