Monthly Archives: November 2010

Shinbyu – Becoming a Buddhist novice in Burma

Becoming a novice in the Burmese Buddhist order – an ordination procession I came across while traveling in Burma (Maymyo). Continue reading

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Trance dancing and spirit possession in Northern Thailand

Like most anthropologists, I enjoy rituals. I find them intriguing, fascinating, culturally interesting and lots of fun. Every year in the village where I practiced fieldwork in rural northern Thailand, in the season between the cold and the hot, an … Continue reading

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