Tag: Spirituality

Arctic Midsummer – party time with pagan roots

fstammle , June 26th, 2022

In the European Arctic Midsummer nowadays marks mostly the start of the summer holidays. But at the roots of this big holiday, celebrated on or close to the…

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Listening to Metal in the World: Music, Identity, and the Other

Jarrod Sim , March 13th, 2022

“Hey Jarrod, you like world music right? Check out this Mongolian band called 13th Bell”. I received this text a few weeks ago and was quite piqued by…

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On the Edge of the Body

Renata , December 1st, 2021

By Renata Carvalho Anthropology’s many attempts of conceptualising the body into clear and useful analytical categories has raised significant ontological questions that problematise the very basi…

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Spirituality of abandoned Arctic Infrastructure

fstammle , August 28th, 2021

So-called ‘ghost towns’ attract people in a certain sense, the ailing beauty of their ruins and the atmosphere of silence that is so different from the silence that…

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Trust Versus Paranoia: Can the Siberian fire spirit explain the spectacular failure of the UK Covid track and trace app?

fstammle , April 30th, 2021

Piers Vitebsky (pv100(at)cam.ac.uk) and Roza Laptander (roza.laptander(at)mail.ru) are going to give an interesting example on how to de-provincialise Arctic social sciences. This time on a topic tha…

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Markku Lehmuskallio in Rovaniemi – Pre-screening meeting with the film maker

fstammle , October 27th, 2020

for many of our readers Markku Lehmuskallio won’t need an introduction. He is a world acclaimed film maker, and a friend of our team. Some of you may…

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Transgression as the Life-World

Monica Berger Gonzalez , October 20th, 2020

That Sunday morning the words came from my colleague José, secretary of the Q’eqchi’ Council of Elders Releb’aal Saq’e’(ACGERS), located in Poptun, Petén… “Tata Mingo is dead, he…


Ysyakh 2020 – solstice festival online

fstammle , June 21st, 2020

Midsummer, solstice on the 21 June is for many northern peoples and cultures an important holiday. In Finland it’s called Juhannus and a state holiday. In Yakutia, where…

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Haunted: Spirits and the Agency of the No Longer in Niger #Afterlives

Adeline Masquelier , May 13th, 2020

In Niger one frequently hears that schools, specifically secondary schools, are haunted. Briefly put, this means that some schools are teeming with spirits, most of whom pose a…


Sacred Site worshipping for good health in Corona times

fstammle , May 4th, 2020

Yamal has a legally protected sacred sites inventory: here, Angalskiy Mys Today in the morning I was just about to brew my breakfast coffee, when my friend Mikhail…

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“When Paths Are Closed”: Giulia Cavallo on the Fluid Mosaic

Giulia Cavallo , February 12th, 2020

I met Dr. Giulia Cavallo at one of her art exhibitions in Lisbon, Portugal in 2019. For the Fluid Mosaic project she produced a text that is based…


“L’étranger”: Ariane Benoit on the Fluid Mosaic

Ariane Benoit , February 10th, 2020

Introduction Ariane is an anthropologist and a performer who chose to combine these two disciplines in her professional and personal life. She is now based in Montreal, Canada,…


How academic culture gives us permission not to know

Ian Pollock , July 25th, 2018

Every way of knowing is also a way of not knowing. Privileging one point of view, or one form of evidence, requires the erasure of other ways of…

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Anthropological Reflections on a Family Death

The Familiar Strange , February 21st, 2018

Comparing my own experiences of death to those of the Tiwi culture that I learned of in my anthropology studies, the void that I felt in the months…

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The Khanty Bear Feast revisited

Stephan Dudeck , April 24th, 2016

The honored bear’s head (Photo Antti Tenetz) I have visited the Western Siberian Khanty in the vicinity of the oil towns in the Surgut region for twenty years…

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