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Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

religious fields in which we find Buddhist traditions and the varying weight that they carry in these fields, not to mention beyond, we might actually prefer either to avoid the designation ‘Buddhist societies’ altogether or to use it only sparingly, in a

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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

’ congregation accomplishes in the overall religious field ( Bourdieu 1971 ). Generally speaking, rituals have not been the focus of much interest among scholars of Burmese religion; it could be said that ritual as a domain of research in itself remains

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Roger Sansi and Luis Nicolau Parés

The debates on identity politics and the invention of tradition led the study of Afro-Brazilian religions to a certain impasse in the 1990s. However, in the last several years, the field has been totally renewed, although in different directions. In this article we will consider some of these new trends, from a wider historical engagement with the Atlantic world, through the religious field and the public sphere, to new approaches to spirit possession and cosmology. Our objective is to assess the extent to which these new debates have managed to overcome this impasse.

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Governing Religious Multiplicity

The Ambivalence of Christian-Muslim Public Presences in Post-colonial Tanzania

Hansjörg Dilger

of a wide range of Christian and Muslim im/materialities beyond the two religions’ historically established strands. At the same time, these dynamics also instigated tension and conflict across the two religious fields ( Wijsen and Mfumbusa 2004 ) and

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Comparison in the Anthropological Study of Plural Religious Environments

Birgit Meyer

horizon of the specific and unequal positions of these groups in the plural religious environments in the Netherlands and Germany. The role of the state in accommodating and regulating religion and ordering a plural religious field is explicitly addressed

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Erick White

. 2011 . “ The Genesis and Demarcation of the Religious Field: Monasteries, State Schools, and the Secular Sphere in Lao Buddhism (1893–1975) .” Sojourn 26 ( 2 ): 196 – 223 . 10.1355/sj26-2c Lambek , Michael . 2010 . “ Possession .” In The

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Jeff Kirby

groupings, for example, the religious field, economic field, or artistic field. Nevertheless, contemporary social movements have also been categorized as valid fields in their own right ( Adams 2012: 220 ; Crossley 2002 , 2003 ; Haluza-DeLay 2008 ; Husu

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Learning the Elsewhere of ‘Inner Space’

The Affective Pedagogy of Post-Secular Sufi Healing in Germany

Nasima Selim

religious practice and feeding into the popular perceptions of these terms. Symptomatic thereof are the “blurred boundaries” between psychotherapeutic, aesthetic, and religious fields (cf. Gilhus 2012: 70) and the deterritorialized nomadic subjectivity of

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Beyond Economy and Religion

Resources and Socio-cosmic Fields in Odisha, India

Roland Hardenberg

called ‘spiritual’ or ‘religious’ resources. Common-sense economic logic is still to be seen in many contributions to the subject. Bourdieu ([1971] 2000) , for example, postulates a distinct ‘religious field’ that works in exactly the same way as his

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Battle of Cosmologies

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

Signe Howell

competing for overall supremacy in the religious field, and I argue that, so far, Lio cosmology retains an overall paramount position. This is so, I suggest, because Lio adat , unlike the Catholic religion, is holistic—that is, it “valorizes the social