By Janice Boddy, Michael Lambek

ISBN-10: 1118605934

ISBN-13: 9781118605936

Janice Boddy, Michael Lambek (eds.)

A better half to the Anthropology of faith offers a suite of unique, ethnographically-informed essays that discover the range of ideals, practices, and non secular reports within the modern international and asks how you can take into consideration faith as a subject matter of anthropological inquiry.

Presents a suite of unique, ethnographically-informed essays exploring the big variety of ideals, practices, and spiritual studies within the modern world
Explores a vast variety of themes together with the ‘perspectivism’ debate, the increase of spiritual nationalism, reflections on faith and new media, faith and politics, and ideas of self and gender in terms of non secular belief
Includes examples drawn from diversified non secular traditions and from numerous areas of the world

Features newly-commissioned articles reflecting the main up to date study and significant considering within the box, written by way of a world staff of prime scholars
Adds immeasurably to our figuring out of the advanced relationships among faith, tradition, society, and the person in today’s international

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Now its management also had to contend with the problem of spirits. Determined to safeguard the public reputation of the airport and boost the morale of its staff, the organization of Airports of Thailand organized a large religious ceremony on 22 26 Michael Lambek September. Halfway through the ceremony, proceedings were interrupted when a young luggage operator was possessed by a spirit. Announcing that his name was Poo Ming and that he was the guardian of the land developed for the airport, the spirit went on to demand that a shrine be built to honour the spirits.

It is implicit in all my usages of immanence and transcendence, whether situating deity vis-à-vis the world or situating religion vis-à-vis society, that the distinction is relative. Transcendence and immanence do not refer to distinct realms of thought, practice, or being in any absolute sense, but are matters of scale or perspective. ”33 Thus for Durkheim, religion could be transcendent from the perspective of the members of a society but immanent to that society from the perspective of the sociologist standing outside it.

However, although secularism (by definition) recognizes and perhaps produces transcendent religion, something we might call immanent religion continues unremarked and unbidden, or is seen as vaguely threatening insofar as it cannot be pinned down and governed. Consider the following incident that opens the introduction to an interesting collection on Varieties of Secularism in Asia: In September 2006, shortly before it opened for international flights, the new airport of Bangkok was ritually cleansed by 99 Buddhist monks.

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