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Engaging the Spirit World

Endres, Kirsten W. [u.a.] [Hrsg.]:
Engaging the Spirit World : Popular Beliefs and Practices in Modern Southeast Asia / ed. by Kirsten W. Endres and Andrea Lauser. - Oxford ; New York : Berghahn Books, 2012. - x, 234 S. : Ill. - (Asian anthropologies ; 5)
ISBN 978-0-85745-358-7
US$ 90,00 / £ 53,00
DDC: 133.90959

In many parts of the contemporary world, spirit beliefs and practices have taken on a pivotal role in addressing the discontinuities and uncertainties of modern life. The myriad ways in which devotees engage the spirit world show the tremendous creative potential of these practices and their innate adaptability to changing times and circumstances. Through in-depth anthropological case studies from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam, the contributors to this book investigate the role and impact of different social, political, and economic dynamics in the reconfiguration of local spirit worlds in modern Southeast Asia. Their findings contribute to the re-enchantment debate by revealing that the “spirited modernities” that have emerged in the process not only embody a distinct feature of the contemporary moment, but also invite a critical rethinking of the concept of modernity itself. [Verlagsinformation]

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Multivocal Arenas of Modern Enchantment in Southeast Asia
Kirsten W. Endres and Andrea Lauser
1. Can things reach the dead? The Ontological Status of Objects and the Study of Lao Buddhist Rituals for the Spirits of the Deceased
Patrice Ladwig
2. Spirited Warriors: Conspiracy and Protection on Lombok
Kari Telle
3. From the Mystical to the Molecular: Modernity, Martial Arts and Agency in Java
Lee Wilson
4. Changing spirits’ Identities? Rethinking the Four Palaces’ Spirit Representations in the Context of Social and Political Changes in Northern Vietnam
Claire Chauvet
5. Gods, Gifts, Markets, and Superstition: Spirited Consumption from Korea to Vietnam
Laurel Kendall
6. Contests of Commemoration: Virgin War Martyrs, State Memorials, and the Invocation of the Spirit World in Contemporary Vietnam
Kirsten W. Endres and Andrea Lauser
7. Trans-ethnic Cosmologies that Won’t Go Away: Keramat Symbolisms in Malaysian Capitalist Sacralization
Beng-Lan Goh
8. Being a Spirit Medium in Contemporary Burma
Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière
9. Reconfigurations of the Manora Ancestral Worship and Spirit Possession in Southern Thailand
Alexander Horstmann
10. The Horror of the Modern: Violation, Violence, and the Rampage of Urban Youths in the Contemporary Thai Ghost Films
Pattana Kitiarsa
Notes on Contributors

KIRSTEN W. ENDRES is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Research Group at Department II, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale. Her monograph, Performing the Divine: Mediums, Markets and Modernity in Urban Vietnam (2011), examines the flourishing of urban spirit mediumship as part of the recent revival of popular religion in Vietnam. Profile page.
ANDREA LAUSER is Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany. She is a member of and lecturer in a new area studies network "Dynamics of Religion in Southeast-Asia," composed of the Southeast Asia departments of Hamburg, Berlin, Muenster, Heidelberg and Göttingen, and funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Profile page.

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Endres: Engaging the Spirit World, 2012