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Purity, Danger, and Handwashing

The Familiar Strange , December 4th, 2022


Author: Michael Dunford is currently a PhD Candidate at the School of Culture History and Language. His research asks how how agrarian economies and agrarian ecologies intersect with…


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A Mass Shooting in the “Evangelical Vatican”

Emily Sekine , November 23rd, 2022


The recent violent attack on Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, happened in a place shaped by decades of anti-LGBTQ organizing by evangelical Christian groups. ✽…


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Do Mountains Have Souls?

Marlaina Martin , November 15th, 2022


An anthropologist explores the resurgence of “new Animism”—interest in spiritual practices that recognize the interrelationships among animals, places, plants, and people. This article was originally…


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In ajibal in chemélom ti bitxow tének. Fiesta de los muertos en un pueblo Huasteco

anthropologies , November 7th, 2022


Read Time:9 Minute, 58 Second En el oriente de México, los pueblos Tének que habitaban la sierra de Otontepec, veneraban a Dhipak, …


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Elena Maria Reichl: End of Hell? Brazil’s Election and a Community Kitchen of the MTST

focaal_admin , November 2nd, 2022


On 30/10/2022, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) of the Workers’ Party won an exceptionally close runoff election against the current far-right president of Brazil, Jair Messias Bolsonaro….


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E. Moore Quinn on the edited volume Women and Pilgrimage

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https://cabidigitallibrary.org/doi/book/10.1079/9781789249392.0000 It is interesting, and often useful, once a project has come to fruition (that is, seen the light of print), to breathe deepl…


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The Aztec Antichrist Chronicles Indigenous Resistance and Religious Conversion

Keridwen Cornelius , October 26th, 2022


An exceedingly rare notebook from 16th-century Mexico contains plays about the Antichrist told by the Aztecs’ descendants. An anthropologist recounts his rediscovery of the notebook and explains the…


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Aztec Antichrist: A Performance of the Apocalypse

Keridwen Cornelius , October 26th, 2022


A 16th-century play written by the descendants of the Aztecs after the Spanish conquest dramatically reveals Indigenous people’s responses to their religious conversion. Excerpted from Aztec Antichri…


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Centering the Voices of Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Emily Sekine , October 25th, 2022


In England and Wales, a multiyear investigation has uncovered decades of pervasive child sexual abuse in schools, churches, and other institutions. An anthropologist on the project weighs in…


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What Cargo Cult Rituals Reveal About Human Nature

Emily Sekine , October 20th, 2022


In Melanesia, Indigenous communities developed elaborate rituals to bring themselves material wealth starting in the late 19th century. These practices reveal a profoundly important and universal soci…


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Costumbres funerarias contemporáneas

anthropologies , September 14th, 2022


Read Time:4 Minute, 36 Second Si algo une a los seres humanos desde hace miles de años, es la necesidad de despedirnos de nuestros …


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El sueño de Pippi Langstrump

anthropologies , September 8th, 2022


Read Time:4 Minute, 28 Second La madre de Pippi vivía en el cielo y observaba desde allí las andanzas de su hija. Poco más sabemos …


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Valentina Napolitano & Kristin Norget: Pope Francis, Reconciliation, and the State

focaal_admin , August 12th, 2022


At the end of July, a remarkable event unfolded in three distinct but significant sites in Canada. Pope Francis, the Argentinian current supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic…


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GURU PURNIMA – Associated Traditions and Gurus

Anthrophile , July 13th, 2022


    Today, on the occasion of Guru Purnima, I thought about shedding some light on the traditions which are associated with “Gurus”. To begin, Guru Purnima is traditionally…


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The Collapse of the Canadian University and the Rise of the Church of Covid

Maximilian C. Forte , July 4th, 2022


February of 2022 was a particularly dark month, both in Quebec and in Canada generally. In Quebec, we had the expansion of the use of “vaccine passports” to…


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Ranavalona I: la última reina de Madagascar

anthropologies , June 29th, 2022


Read Time:5 Minute, 42 Second “Está muerto y desaparecido. A su cabeza un césped verde hierba, a sus talones una piedra”  William…


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The vital afterlife of Chernobyl cemeteries

Matteo Benussi , June 28th, 2022


Every year, after Easter, hundreds of families from all over Ukraine gather in the Chernobyl Zone of Alienation. People converge toward the now-deserted area to perform rites called…


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Difficult Truths: Confronting Irish Industrial Schools

SAPIENS , June 28th, 2022


This article was originally published at Otherwise magazine and has been republished with permission as a lightly edited excerpt. CONSTELLATIONS The 1918 Spanish flu altered the course of…


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Difficult Truths: Confronting Irish Industrial Schools

Fiona Murphy , June 28th, 2022


[no-caption] Matt Anderson Photography/Getty Images This article was originally published at Otherwise magazine and has been republished with permission as a lightly edited excerpt. CONST…


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When Nothing Fits

Annika Benz , June 8th, 2022


Disclaimer: All people mentioned were able to choose how they want to appear in this text. They chose to appear by their clear name and/or activist alias. They…


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Mythos, cosmología y oikonomia: apuntes para el análisis del (des)orden capitalista

anthropologies , May 9th, 2022


Read Time:12 Minute, 12 Second Todo sistema económico se sostiene en un sistema cosmológico: se articula sobre una cosmovisión que …


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Nurturing Autism Acceptance in Indonesia

Annie Tucker and Robert Lemelson , April 28th, 2022


Idris (right), a teenager on the autism spectrum, visits a local mosque in Indonesia to pray with his father. Elemental Productions On a typical day, Wawan, a teenager…


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Review: The Hungry Eye

dsutton20 , April 20th, 2022


Leonard Barkan.  The Hungry Eye: Eating, Drinking and European Culture from Rome to the Renaissance.  Princeton University Press.  Princeton, New Jersey. 2021.  pp. 326  ISBN:  9780691211466. …


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A Trinket, a Trifle, and a Novel New Disciple: Fandoms and Consecrated Commodities

The Familiar Strange , April 10th, 2022


Religious commodification is an arena that has gained increasing interest among social scientists, especially where religious symbols and artefacts are being appropriated by both adherents and non-adh…


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