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The Algebra of Souls

Ontological Multiplicity and the Transformation of Animism in Southwest China

Mireille Mazard

transformation of the person, reflects the poly-ontological character of Nusu animism, which I explore in this article. For Lañi and other Nusu participants in the research encounter, it is echoed in a further ontological divide, between themselves and the

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Pentecostalism and Egalitarianism in Melanesia

A Reconsideration of the Pentecostal Gender Paradox

Annelin Eriksen

cosmological idea that unites them all. Rather, according to Scott, they represent different ontologies. They live in a ‘poly-ontological’ world. Unity is never given, but always socially constructed. A ‘mono-ontology’ can take sameness for granted and thus

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Anthropological Knowledge Making, the Reflexive Feedback Loop, and Conceptualizations of the Soul

Katherine Swancutt and Mireille Mazard

dualistic, non-dualistic, or poly-ontological approach per se, a theme that is always ethnographically contingent and debated in much detail elsewhere ( Venkatesan et al. 2013 ; see also Scott 2013 ). We wish to suggest instead that anthropology requires a

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The Art of Capture

Hidden Jokes and the Reinvention of Animistic Ontologies in Southwest China

Katherine Swancutt

lynchpins to several co-existing ontologies with differing definitions of animism, or into what Scott (2007) aptly terms a ‘poly-ontology’. One important finding in my Nuosu ethnography is that different views on animism can take root in the knowledge and