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Bülent Diken

it thinks, how thought emerges in it, and at what points this thought reinforces or clashes with dominant opinions. In Badiou’s ( 2005: 88 ) words, I demonstrate how Winter Sleep “lets us travel with a particular idea.” Money, Debt, and Symbolic

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Keith Hart

As I began writing this piece, a blog post in the Guardian (18 May 2010) asked if “the markets” are our new religion, likening them to a “bloodthirsty god” in primitive religion. Financial markets are the outcome of thousands of independent decisions, but the media oft en speak of them as a single all-knowing entity. Almost a decade earlier, Thomas Frank (2001) published One Market under God and many others have made a similar connection. The editors of this journal approached me to comment on the possible interest the financial crisis might hold for anthropologists of religion. That begs the question of what religion is and what money has to do with it. In what follows I stick to a Durkheimian line on the affinity between money and religion. Its relevance to the current economic crisis must wait for another occasion.

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Changing Colors of Money

Tips, Commissions, and Ritual in Christian Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Jackie Feldman

The movement of money in Christian pilgrimage is a profound mirror of cultural classifications. By examining tips, commissions, and souvenir purchases in Holy Land pilgrimages, I show how the transfer of monies activates a series of multiple, complex relationships between Jewish guides, Palestinian drivers, and Christian pilgrims. I identify the 'colors'—or moral values—of salaries, tips, and commissions that change hands as 'white', 'black', or 'gray' monies and correlate these colors with particular discourses and degrees of transparency. I then illustrate how prayer, rituals, and the citation of scripture may 'bleach' these monies, transforming tips into 'love offerings' and souvenir purchases into aids to spiritual development or charity to local communities, while fostering relationships and conveying messages across religious and cultural lines. Far from being a universal 'acid' that taints human relationships, pilgrimage monies demonstrate how, through the exchange of goods, people are able to create and maintain spiritual values.

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The Ethics of Collective Sponsorship

Virtuous Action and Obligation in Contemporary Tibet

Jane Caple

agree on the best ‘good’, such as whether to fund temple building or to give money to monks. They do not even always agree that religious donation is the best form of giving. At the very least, it must be balanced against other ‘goods’ (e.g., children

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Beyond Economy and Religion

Resources and Socio-cosmic Fields in Odisha, India

Roland Hardenberg

. Cereals have the same characteristics as money. They are a means of payment for help rendered. They are a means of exchange, for example, in markets, where grains are exchanged for many other goods. And, finally, they are a measure of value, since in their

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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

a ‘spiritual war’ against family members who are accused of witchcraft, puts enormous stress on intimate social relationships. Moreover, the endless requirement to offer money to the church means that bills and school fees cannot be paid, increasing

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The Death Throes of Sacrificed Chicken

Triggering Critical Reflexive Stances on Ritual Action in Togo

Marie Daugey

Togo has been Kabye. While his presence at some rituals heightens their spectacular nature, his support in the form of gifts or money for initiations or expensive sacrifices—as in the example I discuss below—has become a ‘tradition’ in parts of Kabye

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Stacy M. K. George

the advertisements currently on the radio that are supported by the pro-choice advocates. As the woman holding the jar approaches the back aisle where I am sitting, I lean over and politely ask: “Now, what is this money for? Advertisements for what

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Kosher Biotech

Between Religion, Regulation, and Globalization

Johan Fischer

everyday life, and a governing ethos, such as making money or a particular management principle ( Hirsch and Gellner 2001 ). A central question is how organizations think about and practice kosher production, trade, and regulation. Ferguson and Gupta

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Assessing and Adapting Rituals That Reproduce a Collectivity

The Large-Scale Rituals of the Repkong Tantrists in Tibet

Nicolas Sihlé

necessary. After a while, seeing a young man walking up the slope toward us, Dorje Gyel, the main Zhitro manager, gave him some money and asked him to fetch sodas for the group. After their drinks, I asked whether the elders would like me to take a group