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Mary Douglas and Scandinav-ious Witches

Mary Douglas, an important English anthropologist, argued that the violations of the body are a sort of symbolic representation of the violation of a wider cultural system; the anxiety of violation relates to the entire societies’ norms being threatened (Stewart & Strathern, 2004). 995 more words

‘Purification as a Public Service’: Anti-Witchcraft Shaving Rituals in Rural Tanzania

*Content Warning* for violence, murder.

According to Green and Mesaki (2005) Tanzania is one of the most ‘fertile grounds’ for witchcraft studies. Witchcraft is often a very real part of everyday life for the 100+ ethnic groups living in the country. 976 more words

Souls & Sacrifices: Witchcraft and the body in West Africa

In West African regions, the body is very much central to ideas of witchcraft. Anthropological analysis can usefully relate this to the work that was conducted by Mary Douglas on purity, pollution and danger, and the connection between body and society. 743 more words

Witchcraft and Social Complexity in "new" South Africa

In South Africa, it is not accurately possible to establish a definition or understanding of the visual traits of a witch, as witches are thought to be seemingly ordinary people with no distinguishing features… which in turn is what makes them so dangerous. 963 more words

The Midden - new book

Hot off the press, The Midden, edited by me and Jenni Nurmenniemi, designed by NODE Berlin Oslo, published by Garret Publications, with essays touching on art and ecologies, energy and post fossil futures, Mary Douglas and more, by Emmi Itäranta, Jussi Parikka, Antti Salminen, Taru Elfving, Jenni and me.

Art And Ecology

The Management of Gender and Sexuality

As a gender non-conforming individual, I was always utterly confused at why there is such an effort to control gender and place it within the binaries of male/female and as a bisexual individual why there was an effort to control the sexuality of others. 442 more words

Shabbat Shemini: Not Why. How.

Our parashat hashavua this week brings us back to our regularly scheduled Torah text after two weeks devoted to special Pesakh Torah. We are back to the Book VaYikra, or Leviticus, and expect nothing more or less than the initiation of the mishkan (the sacred space the Israelites created in the wilderness) with the first sacrifices brought by the first priests. 633 more words