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The Religious Foundations of Capoeira Angola

The Cosmopolitics of an Apparently Non-religious Practice

Sergio González Varela

class, so he sent us home, and he alone beat up [the] police” ( Santos 1990: 12 ). The late Mestre João Pequeno, a disciple of Mestre Pastinha, also claimed a link to Besouro, saying that he was his father’s cousin. Today, the figure of Besouro resonates

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Kosher Biotech

Between Religion, Regulation, and Globalization

Johan Fischer

working-class Copenhagen neighborhood that has a sizable Muslim population but very few Jews ( Lever and Fischer 2018 ). The plant was built in the 1960s, but before that the site was used for insulin production. I could not help pondering the apparent

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Belonging in a New Myanmar

Identity, Law, and Gender in the Anthropology of Contemporary Buddhism

Juliane Schober

Rakhine fought for a separate political status at a time when other ethnic separatist movements also contested the power of the state. This movement, led by middle-class Muslims in Arakan, emerged in response to the imposition of international borders in

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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

class of rituals characterized by their sequential ternary structure. Among these rituals, initiations emerge as those consecrating an elevation in personal status ( Bonhomme 2010: 542 ). In Burmese exorcist congregations, initiation is generally

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Adjudicating Religious Intolerance

Afro-Brazilian Religions, Public Space, and the National Collective in Twenty-First-Century Brazil

Elina I. Hartikainen

in Public Space On the morning of 27 February 2008, a Candomblé temple called Oyá Onipó Neto that was located on the outskirts of the middle-class neighborhood of Imbuí in Salvador was demolished by the city's municipal office for land management

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Religion through the Looking Glass

Fieldwork, Biography, and Authorship in Southwest China and Beyond

Katherine Swancutt

Democratic Reforms was the 1950s process of ‘minority classification’ (Ch. minzu shibie 民族识别), and among the Nuosu, these initiatives were deployed in tandem to parse out slaves and masters, in line with the yet larger class-labeling process across China

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Valentina Napolitano

emigration at this time ( Alazraki 2015 ). Of middle-class origin, trained at a Salesian school in Buenos Aires, Bergoglio is revealed by his biographies to love both of the national cultures he was born into. We learn of his fondness for Italian cinema and

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Post-war Blood

Sacrifice, Anti-sacrifice, and the Rearticulations of Conflict in Sri Lanka

Neena Mahadev

the sacrifice of hundreds of goats and chickens at an annual temple festival for the goddess Bhadrakali at Munneswaram kovil— a temple complex frequented predominantly by certain classes of both Tamil Hindus and Sinhala Buddhists, who engage the

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J. D. Y. Peel

Marloes Janson, Wale Adebanwi, David Pratten, Ruth Marshall, Stephan Palmié, Amanda Villepastour, and J. D. Y. Peel

Edited by Richard Fardon and Ramon Sarró

itan narratives was adapted to present and future circumstances to serve as a kind of control on the modern political class ( Peel 1984: 127 ). Not only were itan relevant to everyday social reproduction, therefore, but they were also relevant to new