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Reinventing a Traditional Ritual

Commemorating Karbala's Youngest Martyr in Iran

Atefeh Seyed Mousavi

extensively expanded both in terms of its traditional forms and in newly innovated rites. This article explores recent ritual developments in the Iranian religious culture honouring Ali-Asqar (d. 680 CE), the infant son of Husayn. In 2003, a new ritual, the

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Yupik Spells and the Yupik Language in the Contemporary Religious Ritual Context

Continuity, Secrecy, and Indeterminacy

Dmitriy Oparin

environment and the broader use of the Yupik language in the ritual context of Chukotka. In considering the “social life” of texts ( Appadurai 1988 ), I am interested in how spells are transmitted, preserved, and protected; how they are used or forgotten; what

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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

, 2012, 2014 and in April 2015, I present in this article an analysis of ritual tattooing performed on these occasions as the culmination of the initiation process in the Manaw Seittokpad congregation. The rituals marking entry into Burmese exorcist

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The Canoe Racing Ritual of Luang Prabang

Jos D. M. Platenkamp

This article presents an analysis of the canoe racing ritual conducted in the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers bordering the town of Luang Prabang in North Laos as part of an annual ritual cycle. It focuses upon the ways in which the socio-political order, articulated in the ritual, is valorized in reference to a model of cosmological sovereignty that is manifested in offerings brought to aquatic spirit manifestations of a primordial King and his Queen-Consorts. It identifies the present-day changes in the ritual that have been implemented by the socialist Lao state as part of an endeavor to replace the principle of monarchic sovereignty with the authority of the state and to supplant the socio-cosmological understanding of society with a corporate model of bureaucracy and market economy variables.

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The Ritual of Hospitality in Traditional and Modern Kyrgyz Culture

Aidarbek Kochkunov

This article analyses one of the most important components of Kyrgyz culture - the tradition and ritual of hospitality. Features of traditional and modern hospitality are examined on the basis of literary sources and the author's fieldwork. The hospitality ritual and the norms associated with guests are discussed first in their traditional and then in their modern aspects. The author argues that ethnic specificities have been maintained on a large scale. Gender and age in the organisation of meals, as well as the prestige of meat dishes, continue to have traditional character, and the importance of hospitality has been imparted to younger generations. The author concludes that the interaction of innovations and traditions constitute the main content, development and present characteristics of Kyrgyz customs and hospitality rituals.

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Boredom, Rhythm, and the Temporality of Ritual

Recurring Fieldwork in the Brazilian Candomblé

Inger Sjørslev

Setting out from fieldwork experiences in the ritual of the Brazilian Candomblé, this article aims to understand temporality in different ways. The significance of 'unfocused presence' in the field is discussed by way of the concept of 'deep hanging out'. The boredom experienced by the fieldworker is analyzed in relation to sentiments expressed by the people involved in ritual and the fieldworker's changing emotions over time, as previous experiences influence how time spent waiting is perceived. In ritual as well as in the interaction between fieldworker and the people in the field, temporality is deeply related to sociality and the aesthetics of social rhythm. It is concluded that the fieldworker is drawn into the time-geography of the field in a joint chore ography of social interaction.

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Ritual Infrastructure

Roads to Certainty in Two Brazilian Religions

Inger Sjørslev

is about roads to certainty through ritual. It rests, however, on the idea of a parallel between the spatial location of religious sites on the one hand, and the character of ritual practice on the other in the two religions that are to be dealt with

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Pandemic Passages

An Anthropological Account of Life and Liminality during COVID-19

Genevieve Bell

concept I have always most associated with Van Gennep; as is the idea that passing through such time and space can have a common structure and ritual shape. In truth, though, I could also have looked to Victor Turner ([1969] 2008) , Mary Douglas (1966

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The Death Throes of Sacrificed Chicken

Triggering Critical Reflexive Stances on Ritual Action in Togo

Marie Daugey

This article aims to shed light on a divination episode, which most blood sacrifices begin with in many West African societies, by examining how this ritual practice is carried out among the Kabye of northern Togo and by analyzing it in relation to

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Sensory Perception of Rock Art in East Siberia and the Far East

Soviet Archeological “Discoveries” and Indigenous Evenkis

Donatas Brandišauskas

interpreted rock art by the ethnographic descriptions of nonexistent rituals published by early ethnographers. At the same time, their findings, processes of documentation, and personal perceptions were also shaped by their sensual experiences. Various