CQUniversity
Browse
religions-14-01133-v2.pdf (246.43 kB)

Exploring Karmic Capital in the Context of Cultural Information Practices

Download (246.43 kB)
journal contribution
posted on 2024-07-05, 01:32 authored by Pethigamage Perera
This paper uses an ethnographic approach to explore the religious practices of the modern religious organization called the Mahamevnawa Buddhist Temple. This study aims to investigate the spiritual information practices of both monks and devotees of the temple. The findings reveal that participants’ religious practices lead to a range of outcomes, expressed in terms of the Bourdieusian notion of capital, with karmic capital emerging as a very important outcome of these practices. An essential argument posited by the author pertains to the distinctive nature of karmic capital—a hybrid manifestation of capital that is intricately interwoven with cultural and symbolic capital. Unlike the conventional influence of economic capital or social affiliations, the potency of karmic capital hinges upon a distinct paradigm. However, the fact that a resource gives power within a society also applies to karmic capital too. Furthermore, the author underscores the epistemological standing of karmic capital, which derives its essence from the principal sociological forms of capital—namely, economic, cultural, and social forms. This article also delves into the characteristics of karmic capital and its transformative nature. A key contribution of this study lies in its recognition of the impact of cultural norms on the consequences of spiritual and religious information practices.

History

Volume

14

Issue

9

Start Page

1

End Page

15

Number of Pages

15

Start Date

2024-09-04

eISSN

2077-1444

Publisher

MDPI AG

Additional Rights

CC-BY

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

Acceptance Date

2023-08-30

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Religions