Modernity and spirit worship in India : an anthropology of the umwelt (Routledge new horizons in South Asian studies)

Modernity and spirit worship in India

an anthropology of the umwelt

Routledge new horizons in South Asian studies

単著文化・宗教地域研究人類学

石井美保(人文科学研究所 / 著者)
Miho Ishii (人文科学研究所, 著者)
出版年月
2020.01
出版社
Routledge
ISBN
9780367410285
本文言語
English

内容紹介

This book investigates the entangled relations between people’s daily worship practices and their umwelt in South India. Focusing on the practices of spirit (būta) worship in the coastal area of Karnataka, it examines the relationship between people and deities.

Based on extensive fieldwork, this book links important anthropological theories on personhood, perspectives, transactions, and gift-exchanges together with the Gestaltkreis theory of Viktor von Weizsäcker. First, it examines the relations between būta worship and land tenure, matriliny, and hierarchy in the society. It then explores the reflexive relationship between modern law and current practices based on conventional law, before examining new developments in būta worship with the rise of mega-industries and environmental movements. Furthermore, this book sheds light on the struggles and endeavours of the people who create and recreate their relations with the realm of sacred wildness, as well as the formations and transformations of the umwelt in perpetual social-political transition.

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