Fortune and the cursed : the sliding scale of time in Mongolian divination / Katherine Swancutt.

Author
Swancutt, Katherine [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
New York : Berghahn Books, 2012.
Description
1 online resource (283 p.)

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Innovation-making is a classic theme in anthropology that reveals how people fine-tune their ontologies, live in the world and conceive of it as they do. This ethnographic study is an entrance into the world of Buryat Mongol divination, where a group of cursed shamans undertake the 'race against time' to produce innovative remedies that will improve their fallen fortunes at an unconventional pace. Drawing on parallels between social anthropology and chaos theory, the author gives an in-depth account of how Buryat shamans and their notion of fortune operate as 'strange attractors' who propagate
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language note
English
Contents
  • A race against time: Mongolian fortune and the anthropology of magic
  • Buryat cosmology and the timescales of religious practice
  • Fortune, the soul and spiralling returns
  • Curses, khel am and the omnipresence of witchcraft
  • Divination and the inextensive distance to cursing rivals
  • An unconventional timescale: the immediate rise of fortune
  • Glossary of vernacular terms.
ISBN
  • 1-282-25429-4
  • 9786613814944
  • 0-85745-483-8
OCLC
806520987
Doi
  • 10.1515/9780857454836
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