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Assessing and Adapting Rituals That Reproduce a Collectivity

The Large-Scale Rituals of the Repkong Tantrists in Tibet

Nicolas Sihlé

that can lead very scripted rituals to be evaluated, fine-tuned, and sometimes even quite radically modified in order to adapt the ritual to the social environment and to achieve a major aim of a periodic collective ritual—that is, continuity. In the

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Portrait

Ann Grodzins Gold

Ann Grodzins Gold, Bhrigupati Singh, Farhana Ibrahim, Edward Simpson, and Kirin Narayan

alienation from religious identity and experience. This I might call ‘religious marginality’, and, as I have shown in this essay, it is certainly my home. Thoroughly untrained in the fields of gender, oral history, environment, and urban studies, I

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Rethinking Anthropological Models of Spirit Possession and Theravada Buddhism

Erick White

their encompassing environments of action emerged. The concept of ‘practice’ displaced ideas of structure, system, meaning, and life-world in the anthropological toolkit, with practices conceived as “embodied, materially mediated arrays of human activity

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Book Reviews

Steven Brooke, Dafne Accoroni, Olga Ulturgasheva, Anastasios Panagiotopoulos, Eugenia Roussou, Francesco Vacchiano, Jeffrey D. Howison, Susan Greenwood, Yvonne Daniel, Joana Bahia, Gloria Goodwin Raheja, Charles Lincoln Vaughan, Katrien Pype, and Linda van de Kamp

environment. It is a constant preoccupation that may reflect the importance of the issues not only on Cuban soil, but in North America as well (and possibly even more so). The book links these politics to the general statement of ‘being

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Ritual Tattooing and the Creation of New Buddhist Identities

An Inquiry into the Initiation Process in a Burmese Organization of Exorcists

Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière

environment of the headquarters pagoda, which may have been crucial for the congregation’s resilience during the second phase of the socialist-oriented regime of General Ne Win (1962–1988). In 1980, the government undertook a massive restructuration of the

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Dynamics of Ritual Reflexivity in the Alevi Cem of Istanbul

Jens Kreinath and Refika Sariönder

incident, he talked about the social environment and dignity, including good and evil, freedom of choice, and the destiny of humans. Then he talked about the essence of Alevism and the role of Alevis in the world. He emphasized that attendance at the cem

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Sacred Spaces and Civic Action

Topographies of Pluralism in Russia

Melissa L. Caldwell

larger reorganization of space in Russia today, so that expressions of ideological belief—whether political or religious—are both inspired and impeded by physical architecture and built environments of space. In describing the social history of

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Introduction

Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

the same social and linguistic environment provides for what in Eggan’s spirit could be termed a ‘highly controlled comparison’. Brac de la Perrière’s examination of a Burmese exorcist congregation in this special section likewise draws on similarities

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Francis, a Criollo Pope

Valentina Napolitano

of the affective longue durée of these trajectories, actualizing the potentialities accumulated in the history of Criollismo, diffusing and distributing them in the form of a social environment ( Mazzarella 2017: 156 ). When this trajectory stands

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Jack Hunter, Annelin Eriksen, Jon Mitchell, Mattijs van de Port, Magnus Course, Nicolás Panotto, Ruth Barcan, David M. R. Orr, Girish Daswani, Piergiorgio Di Giminiani, Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Sofía Ugarte, Ryan J. Cook, Bettina E. Schmidt, and Mylene Mizrahi

can hold. It is the fact of having been born and raised in the same environment he depicts that gives Woodbine the ability to bring to the reader the agency of the subjects whom he investigates (p. 48). On the other hand, different authors have shown