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Understanding the Shaman’s Tribulations

Guest Blogger , June 15th, 2022

Understanding the Shaman’s Tribulations – By Taba Menia – The scholarship of shamanism is closely related to ideas about traditional healing and their knowledge. Found across the world…


The Cosmic Serpent

Glenn H. Shepard Jr. , April 18th, 2022

Most Carnival celebrations in Brazil have been canceled again in 2022 due to the resurgence of COVID-19, though larger cities like Rio and São Paulo are holding scaled-down…


Cuentepec: una comunidad nahua de Morelos que lucha contra el capitalismo

anthropologies , March 23rd, 2022

Read Time:9 Minute, 30 Second La comunidad de Cuentepec es uno de los pueblos nahuas de estado de Morelos en México, está ubicado e…


El espíritu de la danza

anthropologies , January 19th, 2022

Read Time:9 Minute, 27 Second Hace un par de años me invitaron a la comunidad de Zaragoza, esta comunidad pertenece al municipio de…


The Spring a Time for Calving and Cleaving

Gwynfryn Thomas , January 17th, 2022

This poem was partly inspired by my first foray into the world of Sámi reindeer herding back in 2013. In this new year of 2022, I’ve been reflecting…


Five New Year’s Rituals of Renewal

Dimitris Xygalatas , January 3rd, 2022

In Auckland, New Zealand, Māori people celebrate the rising of Mataraki, also known as the Pleiades star cluster, as the start of the new year in July. Hannah…


Centro urbano y centralidad ritual

Manuel Delgado , December 5th, 2021

La foto es de Jenxi Seow y está tomada de iamseow.com En José María García-Pablos, ed. Nombrar lo urbano, Escuela de Arquitectura, Ingeniera y Diseño, Universidad Europea, Madrid,…


I Carry My Grief With Me, but I Also Carry My Joy

Justin D. Wright , November 26th, 2021

When you lose someone the future dies. Or, at least, the one with them, that you thought about with them, in it. I imagine any relationship that ends…


Mourning Kin After the End of Cannibalism

Aparecida Vilaça , November 9th, 2021

Clockwise from top left: (1) Indigenous Wari’ dwellings in Amazonia, Brazil. (2) The author (middle) with her adopted father, Paletó (right), in 2012. (3) The author interviewing Wari’…


The Macabre and Magical Human-Canine Story

Richard Kemeny , June 29th, 2021

Researchers found this dog skull in a Czech Republic site inhabited by humans some 28,500 years ago, offering a clue to understanding the ancient story of domestication. Mietje…


Relatos para una reconciliación oportuna

anthropologies , June 28th, 2021

Read Time:9 Minute, 38 Second El antropólogo neoyorquino Elijah G. Costanza realizó entre 1973 y 1975 un trabajo de campo en el val…


Five Solstice Sites That Aren’t Stonehenge

Anna Goldfield , June 17th, 2021

With the summer solstice approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, the site of Stonehenge is likely to pop up quite a bit on your news feeds. While that particular…


Chasing the Myths of Mexico’s “Superrunners”

Francine Russo , June 16th, 2021

Surrounded by torch-bearing supporters, runners kick a ball as part of a traditional rarajípare racing event practiced by the Rarámuri people of Mexico. Marcos Ferro On a mesa…


Discovering Africa’s Oldest Burial

Alison Crowther and Patrick Faulkner , June 8th, 2021

This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. Africa is often referred to as the cradle of humankind—the birthplace of our…


And You Watch as We Make Woodwater Again

Justin D. Wright , June 3rd, 2021

[no-caption] Arterra/Universal Images Group/Getty Images and you wonder how we remember our culture of traumatization our body beings tied to a land we were told was not ours…


Islam: el Occidente de Oriente

Manuel Delgado , April 28th, 2021

 Ruinas grecobúdicas de Táxila, en el Punjab indio Inicio de la conferencia inaugural al XXXIIII Congreso de Filósofos Jóvenes, València, 9 de abril 1996. ISLAM: EL OCCIDENTE DE…


Can Social Scientists Help Control Epidemics?

Elizabeth Svoboda , April 7th, 2021

A poster in an Ebola response center breaks down the evolving response to the epidemic—including efforts to address social and cultural concerns. Annie Wilkinson On May 24, 2014,…


Can the Holy Spirit Be Livestreamed?

Cristina Rocha, Richard Vokes, and Kathleen Openshaw , April 6th, 2021

A pastor reaches out to his global congregants online to emphasize the importance of pandemic lockdowns. Pastor Samuel K Majok—Online Ministry Every Sunday, during her fieldwork, Cristina…


Jonathan D. Hill reflects on his career

| , March 29th, 2021

What moment of fieldwork interaction do you still think about, amazed that you got to witness it and/or record it? While doing fieldwork in 1981 for my doctoral…

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What’s Behind Match Day’s Algorithm?

Paige Edmiston , March 16th, 2021

The opening of Match Day letters at medical schools across the U.S., including Penn State College of Medicine (shown here), has become an annual rite of passage. Penn…


Sutton Hoo’s Story Goes Deeper Than The Dig

Martin Carver , February 24th, 2021

The Sutton Hoo archaeological site revealed a treasure trove of Anglo-Saxon artifacts, including this iron helmet featuring a flying bird with dragon heads. Gary Todd/Flickr I first saw…


Love Poem for the Shape of the Field

Nomi Stone , February 12th, 2021

[no-caption] Johannes Plenio/Pexels The sun opens, shutters. The social scientist wants to know where to look, keeps widening her gaze. Over here on the earth, a girl fries…


El ocre como elemento simbólico en la prehistoria

anthropologies , January 18th, 2021

A la luz del reciente estudio del ADN de los huesos de unos gemelos recién nacidos de hace 31.000 años enterrados en el yacimiento de Krems-Wachtberg (Austria), en…


What a “Safe and Dignified” Burial Means During a Pandemic

Ivo Ngade , January 14th, 2021

Bamileke community members typically mourn the deaths of loved ones through drumming, singing, and other collective rituals. Bobyphoto/Wikimedia Commons A few months into the pandemic, a …