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Author Swancutt, Katherine, author.

Title Fortune and the cursed : the sliding scale of time in Mongolian divination / Katherine Swancutt
Published New York ; Oxford : Berghahn Books, 2012


Description 1 online resource (xx, 263 pages) : illustrations
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 and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Buriats -- Mongolia -- Bai︠a︡ndun Sum -- Religion
Buriats -- Mongolia -- Bai︠a︡ndun Sum -- Rites and ceremonies
Buriats -- Mongolia -- Bai︠a︡ndun Sum -- Social life and customs
Divination -- Mongolia -- Bai︠a︡ndun Sum
Divination -- China -- Inner Mongolia
Blessing and cursing -- Mongolia -- Bai︠a︡ndun Sum
Blessing and cursing -- China -- Inner Mongolia
Shamanism -- Mongolia
Shamanism -- China -- Inner Mongolia
Social conflict -- Mongolia -- Religious aspects
Mongoloid race.
Spiritual healing.
Conflict (Psychology)
Medicine -- Religious aspects.
Asian People
Spiritual Therapies
Ceremonial Behavior
Conflict, Psychological
Mind-Body Relations, Metaphysical
Religion and Medicine
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Spirituality -- Paganism & Neo-Paganism.
RELIGION -- Comparative Religion.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Spiritual healing
Mongoloid race
Medicine -- Religious aspects
Conflict (Psychology)
Blessing and cursing
Buriats -- Religion
Buriats -- Social life and customs
Social conflict -- Religious aspects
China -- Inner Mongolia
Mongolia -- Bai︠a︡ndun Sum
Innere Mongolei
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011051786
ISBN 9780857454836