The intention of this paper is twofold, first to examine the effect of the bureaucratization of the Buddhist religion on women, and second to explore how the status of Thai women, specifically, has been affected by their exclusion from the sangha. The status of women in Theravadin Buddhist structures has gradually diminished as religion has become more closely aligned with the hierarchical organization of the state. This in turn has affected women's opportunities in secular society. I will attempt to show how Buddhism was influenced by the state, and how this relationship lowered the status of women both within and outside of the religion.
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