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Fortune and the cursed: the sliding scale of time in Mongolian divination

Abstract:

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 ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Anthropology
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Berghahn
Publication date:
2012-06-01
ISBN:
9780857454836
UUID:
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Source identifiers:
43
Deposit date:
2011-08-19

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