This Chapter shifts from the analysis of the symbolic role of Buddhist monks to the performative aspects of Buddhist monks. Whereas a monk has limited influence over how he is represented, as covered in chapter 2, he exerts far greater influence over what he practices. Living in an environment saturated with fear takes a toll on Buddhist monks. The routinized terror and frequent trauma have a significant impact on southern Thai Buddhist monasticism. After several years, southern Buddhist monks actualize their politicized depictions through their practices, while some further politicize their roles with calls for a strong Buddhist nationalism.
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