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 OC spirited
modernitiesOCO 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."
Kirsten W. Endres
• Andrea Lauser
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