Innovation-making is a classic theme in anthropology that reveals
how people fine-tune their ontologies, live in the world and
conceive of it as they do. This ethnographic study is an entrance
into the world of Buryat Mongol divination, where a group of cursed
shamans undertake the 'race against time' to produce innovative
remedies that will improve their fallen fortunes at an
unconventional pace. Drawing on parallels between social
anthropology and chaos theory, the author gives an in-depth account
of how Buryat shamans and their notion of fortune operate as
'strange attractors' who propagate the ongoing process of
innovation-making. With its view into this long-term 'cursing war'
between two shamanic factions in a rural Mongolian district, and
the comparative findings on cursing in rural China, this book is a
needed resource for anyone with an interest in the anthropology of
religion, shamanism, witchcraft and genealogical change.
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