Piphal Heng F'19

Piphal  Heng
Doctoral Candidate
Anthropology
University of Hawaii at Manoa
last updated: 3/29/2020

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies 2019
Doctoral Candidate
Anthropology
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Theravada Buddhism, Political Economy, and Organizational Change in Post-Angkorian Cambodia
Northern Illinois University

My research examines Theravada landscape and organizational change in post-Angkorian Cambodia (fifteenth to eighteenth century). Cambodia underwent multiple organizational shifts: the adoption of Theravada, the collapse of Angkor empire, a southward shift in population concurrent with an intensified participation in maritime trade, and a decline in stone temple constructions and inscriptions. Theravada pagodas replaced and co-opted the Angkorian Hindu-Mahayana temples to become loci of communities and centers of power. In what traces does the physical landscape record demographic and economic shifts from a Hindu-Mahayana to Theravada worldview? My archaeological work uses pagoda-centered settlement organization as a lens for examining settlement organization change following the Angkorian period.