Rituals to help us out, and beliefs one professes tongue in cheek – Part II

By Ton Salman This is part II of the blog “Rituals to help us out….” If you have not yet read part I, you can read it here. Ekeko would by some probably be coined as “a small god”. No capital “G”. He is the “power-giver” to the magic, the sorcery that makes that small miniature objects have a faculty that radiates into the future. They are just small and at best endearing now. But they’ll come true. They’ll be real, and big, and they do not await, but rather they make the future. As far as Ekeko is concerned, …

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Positioning your position

By Joost Blokker In the picture above, you see me reading along with Hebrew psalms and prayers during a synagogue (shul) service on simchat torah. Simchat torah is a festive day celebrating the reception of the Torah. On this day, shul members actually dance while holding Torah scrolls, and there are even alcoholic drinks available during the service. This was the second time I ever participated in a shul service inside a synagogue building, after joining online Zoom services for half a year during the research period of my master thesis. I was able to practise my Hebrew during online …

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Podcast # 2 is online! Guest: Aleeha Ali

In this episode, Puck de Boer talks with Aleeha Ali, who studied sociology in Pakistan, did a research master’s in anthropology in the UK and is currently a PhD candidate at the department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the VU. Topics include:-Aleeha’s research on digitization of religious mourning among Shi’a Muslims in Europe – even more relevant in times of Covid-19.-Her experiences in different educational systems.-The diversification of perspectives in a postcolonial anthropology.-What characterizes anthropology and how it relates to other disciplines.-Conducting (digital) ethnographic fieldwork during a pandemic. The close listener might notice a difference in the sound quality …

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