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Demotion as Value

Rank Infraction among the Ngadha in Flores, Indonesia

Olaf H. Smedal

their ritual responsibilities by ridding their noble kin group of the la’a sala couple return to the village. But they soon saunter back into the forest, regrouping at an agreed-upon spot to celebrate, in a grand if highly informal manner, what just

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Joseph Long

This research report gives an ethnographic account of libations and ritual offerings in the shamanic culture of contemporary Western Buriats. Common ritual motifs are identified between libations in everyday practice, annual rites at the family hearth, and large-scale tailgan rituals. It is suggested that such practices mediate reciprocity between neighbors and reconstitute obligations of mutual help within kin groups. Finally, it is proposed that the vitality of the ritual complex today lies in its fundamental articulation of the principles of reciprocity and belonging in the context of rapid out-migration from the region and the atomization of kin groups.

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Aidarbek Sulaimankulovich Kochkunov

This article is an ethnographic exploration of three topics regarding the practice of religion in contemporary Kyrgyzstan that provides insights into the spiritual life of Kyrgyz people in local communities. The topics are features of religiosity as expressed in rituals, the nature of personal and shared beliefs inherent in the performance of ceremonies, and the influence of religious identity on relationships among family, kin groups and communities. Through extensive research about religion and ritual in various areas of Kyrgyzstan, changes over time are examined. Although at times the differences among people adhering to more traditional versus the more newly emerging Islamic approaches to death ceremonies and monuments may cause conflict among relatives, in general such rituals and markers provide opportunities for social integration and common identity.

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Emerging Kinship in a Changing Middle East

Soraya Tremayne

traditional hierarchy of power among the kin group; and the considerable penetration of global technologies – the past decade has also witnessed a relentless and dramatic increase in conflicts, wars, revolutions, uprisings, migrations and displacements in the

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Thomas Hylland Eriksen

rather a fear of diluting the social capital of the extended kin group. An even clearer illustration of the clash between the abstract ideals of cosmopolitanism, where everyone can be treated as Anyone, and the particularism of the kin group and community

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Pentecostalism and Egalitarianism in Melanesia

A Reconsideration of the Pentecostal Gender Paradox

Annelin Eriksen

-Straussian idea that marriage makes connections and unties kin-groups that I am pointing to here (because this is actually not the case, as we will soon see), but that gender again functions as a dynamic of differentiation that connects across difference. Let me

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Cutting the Face

Kinship, State and Social Media Conflict in Networked Jordan

Geoffrey Hughes

shaped by deeper histories of resistance and accommodation involving kin groups and colonial and postcolonial state policies. Like the Ottoman and British empires before it, the Jordanian state has long sought to stamp out raiding and feuding as some of

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“SpiritS Follow the words”

Stories as Spirit Traces among the Khmu of Northern Laos

Rosalie Stolz

cosmological entity that unites houses, which belong to different kin groups, on a higher level that is supervised by the village spirits and ritually orchestrated by the village priests. Interrelations among kin groups are based on the hierarchical distinction

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Frank Battaglia

of Anglo-Saxon saucer brooches worn by women derived from prestige male dress ornament. “This phenomenon may indicate paradoxically,” she said, “that kin-groups were dominated by men, whose status was communicated vicariously through the ornamenting

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Encountering Hospitality and Hostility

Mette Louise Berg and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

Migration touches, and has always touched, the lives of people across the globe. This includes those migrating, their families, kin groups, descendants, friends, and communities; those aspiring to migrate, but who are unable to do so whether for