I need some information on the evolution of Theravadin Buddhist ritualistic practices. Theravadin Buddhism mainly existed with the help of three main countries; Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Burma. Several times, the higher ordination was brought back and forth between the countries, with that the rituals and monastic practices. It is obvious that there has been a cultural transfer with the events, however, it is not clear when exactly contemporary ritualistic practices originated. I would be grateful if you could suggest some readings.
Thank you very much for the suggestions, I find those very useful. Actually, I am interested in 1500 CE - now. There must be revolutionary points of ritualistic evolution after the western invasion of Asia. I am looking for those missing pieces to put the story together, hopefully.
As Gombrich & Obeysekara point out there is a drastic change in Buddhism with the formation of Protestant Buddhism. I doubt the rise of Contemporary Ritualistic Buddhism is due to these changes. Buddhism in Sri Lanka declined in the 18th century to Ganinnanse(set of laity people in robes), and with that transformation to later generations was interrupted. Therefore most of the contemporary rituals might have come from Siam(Thailand).
The books of Kamala Tiyavanich are a pretty good resource for this: she’s collected many of the oral histories of 19th century, Siamese Buddhism together to show a (somewhat idealized) pre-reform Buddhism.
I have yet to read a full-length monograph on the turn-of-the-century, Bangkok reforms. Perhaps others here have some recommendations on that part of the story?
For Burma, there’s the biography of Ledi Sayadaw by Erik Braun, The Birth of Insight and more broadly there’s The Making of Buddhist Modernism by David McMahan – one of @Snowbird’s favorites iirc
The last two are hopefully not ritualistic, as I know I actually used the stuff from the last atapirikara set I received…except the razor as these seem to always be rusty?
From the PTS PED re atapirikara:
They are enumd in verse at J．I，65= DA．I，206，viz．ticīvaraṁ，patto，vāsi，sūci，（kāya-） bandhanaṁ，parissāvana，i．e．the 3 robes，the bowl，a razor，a needle，the girdle，a water-strainer．They are expld in detail DA．I，206 sq．Cp．also J．IV，342 （aṭṭhaparikkhāra-dhara）； V，254 （kāyabandhana-parissāvanasūci-vāsi-satthakāni； the last-named article being “scissors” instead of a razor）； DhA．II，61 （°dhara thera）．
But maybe we can find you some more on buddha puja and bodhi puja.