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Author Swancutt, Katherine.

Title Fortune and the cursed : the sliding scale of time in Mongolian divination / Katherine Swancutt
Published New York ; Oxford : Berghahn Books, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (pages)
Series Epistemologies of Healing
Epistemologies of healing.
Contents Tables and Figures; Acknowledgements; Cast of Characters; Preface; Chapter 1 -- A Race Against Time: Mongolian Fortune and the Anthropology of Magic; Chapter 2 -- Buryat Cosmology and the Timescales of Religious Practice; Chapter 3 -- Fortune, the Soul and Spiralling Returns; Chapter 4 -- Curses, Khel Am and the Omnipresence of Witchcraft; Chapter 5 -- Divination and the Inextensive Distance to Cursing Rivals; Chapter 6 -- An Unconventional Timescale: The Immediate Rise of Fortune; Glossary of Vernacular Terms; References; Index
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Blessing and cursing -- China -- Inner Mongolia.
Blessing and cursing -- Mongolia -- Bai͡andun Sum.
Buriats -- Mongolia -- Bai͡andun Sum -- Religion.
Buriats -- Mongolia -- Bai͡andun Sum -- Rites and ceremonies.
Buriats -- Mongolia -- Bai͡andun Sum -- Social life and customs.
Divination -- China -- Inner Mongolia.
Divination -- Mongolia -- Bai͡andun Sum.
Shamanism -- China -- Inner Mongolia.
Shamanism -- Mongolia.
Social conflict -- Mongolia -- Religious aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 085745482X
0857454838 (electronic bk.)
9780857454836 (electronic bk.)