By Mikkel Bille, Frida Hastrup, Tim Flohr Soerensen
In learning fabric tradition, anthropologists and archaeologists use significant actual items from a tradition to assist comprehend the fewer tangible facets of that tradition, resembling societal constitution, rituals, and values. What occurs whilst those items are destroyed, by way of conflict, typical catastrophe, or different historic occasions? via precise causes of 11 foreign case reports, the contributions exhibit that the absence of items could be simply as telling as their presence, whereas the items created to memorialize a loss even have vital cultural implications.
Covering every thing from organ donation, to funerary rituals, to prisoners of conflict, The Anthropology of Absence is written at an incredible intersection of archaeological and anthropological examine. Divided into 3 sections, this quantity makes use of the "presence" of absence to check cultural perceptions of: fabric features and created reminiscence, the mind/body connection, temporality, and demise.
This wealthy textual content presents a robust theoretical framework for anthropologists and archaeologists learning fabric culture.
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Absences push back and resist. They prompt us into action. And like present things, absences also have their distinctive affordances and material consequences that are not only prior to meaning but can, of their own accord, direct the process of signification itself. This is perhaps most evident in the way so many religious traditions have relied upon voids both to signify and, more importantly, to provoke novel reflection upon the divine. The empty throne icon in early Buddhist art directed the viewer’s attention toward the transcendence of the Buddha (Tanaka 1998), and in the ancient Nabatean tradition the deity was made present by a niche within a niche, a void within a void (Patrich 1990: 51).
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An Anthropology of Absence: Materializations of Transcendence and Loss by Mikkel Bille, Frida Hastrup, Tim Flohr Soerensen