Posts Tagged ‘anthropology’

The Anthropologist and the Ancestors

Thanks to Sabina Magliocco, I read this interesting piece about a Dutch anthropologist experiencing an ancestor ritual, one involving both the ancestors of the people in New Guinea whom he is visiting and his own. And even though science failed to explain everything, the way I viewed the world was based on the idea that […]

Around the Blogosphere, 17 July 2014

¶ Tanya Luhrman compares the cultural differences in “hearing voices” in the United States, Ghana, and India. Plus, a Dutch psychiatrist who encourages it in his patients! ¶ You have read Ethan Doyle White’s interview with Ronald Hutton, right? If not, here it is. ¶ Two from Sarah Veale at Invocatio: • A PhD dissertation […]

After Decades, Legitimate LSD Therapy

Long, long ago, in other words, the 1960s, some psychiatrists and others were interested in the therapeutic potential of LSD, after the Central Intelligence had pretty well decided that it was useless for making spies confess. There were two approaches to LSD back then. One was more cautious — it should be distributed quietly to […]

Anthropologist Describes Rebirth of Mongolian Shamanism

A news release from the MIT News Office carries the subhead, “MIT anthropologist finds that after Soviet domination, a rebirth of shamanism helped Mongolia rewrite its own history.” The release continues, In 1990, as the Soviet Union was disintegrating, Mongolia, long a satellite of the U.S.S.R., regained its independence. Socialism was out and free markets […]

Free Articles in Ethnobotany, Ethnomedicine

The Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine has an archive of downloadable articles, including this one, “Down Deep in the Holler [sic]: Chasing Seeds and Stories in Southern Appalachia” (link is to PDF file). Interesting material from all over the world.

Survey on Pagan Health

If you like taking surveys and want to help a Pagan anthropologist in her study of Pagan attitudes toward health care, start here.

The Ethnographer and the Magicians

At the site freq.uenci.es, described as “a collaborative genealogy of spirituality” (“Ask scholars, writers, and artists what they think of when they think of the word spirituality.”), anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann glosses an anecdote from her time studying British occultists in the 1980s. Her book Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England (Harvard […]

Paranthropology Journal Available Online

Three issues of the journal Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal are available online as PDF files. I had been meaning to download these for a while—finally did it, and I look forward to reading them.

Paranthropology newsletter

Paranthropology is the “Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal.” From the website: The first issue of a new newsletter entitled “Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal” is set to be released this July. While the main emphasis of the journal is on anthropological approaches, it will also branch out into other disciplines […]

Greenwood’s Anthropological Study of Magic

British anthropologist Susan Greenwood is interviewed at Pagans for Archaeology about her new book, The Anthropology of Magic. In this new book I have taken that argument further and related it to a classical anthropological debate on mystical mentality; and I have also explored the nature of reality in relation to an inspirited world, developing […]