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Sons of Krishna and sons of Bolivar

Charismatic kinship and leadership across India and Venezuela

Lucia Michelutti

This article uses the analytical tool of divine kinship to explore political charisma across Indian and Venezuelan democratic social revolutions. In both contexts, charismatic elected political leaders build their image of strength and action on a wide repertoire of cultural and religious resources that are legitimated by divine kinship. The juxtaposition of the Indian and Venezuelan political ethnographies shows how charismatic kinship inflects lived understandings of popular sovereignty and opens up spaces for holding personality politics accountable.

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Harsh, Mild or Gone For Good?

Gavin D’Costa

floorboards, what remains before the house is uninhabitable? In Gift ‘fulfilment’ provides the new floorboards. It was a key word in Vatican II. 2 In Gift it occurs ten times in relation to viewing Catholic Christianity as the ‘fulfilment’ of the Jewish

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Battle of Cosmologies

The Catholic Church, Adat, and ‘Inculturation’ among Northern Lio, Indonesia

Signe Howell

. From an early focus on the formal conversion of pagans to Catholic Christianity, foreign priests allowed people to continue those adat practices that were not anathema to them. 7 As a result of Vatican II (1962–1965), a new approach called

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War and Memory

The Israeli Communist Commemoration of the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1986

Amir Locker-Biletzki

collective memory of Spain was also used to enhance the war myth. Shmuel Eisenstadt, a prominent intellectual and sympathizer of the Communist Party, evoked the Golden Era of Spain’s Jews when Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived side by side until “Catholic