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Abstract In late 2010, about 2000 human fetuses were discovered in the mortuary of a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. This article examines the subsequent affair from two perspectives: the magico-religious and the socio-political. The first deals with the fetuses as a symbol: it examines the beliefs...
In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck the country on March 11, 2011, there occurred a symbolic colonization of Japan by foreign media and governments—most notably those of the USA—that were eager to provide coverage and analysis (in their own way). As a...
In this paper I discuss anthropological approaches to natural disaster. Based on a comparative view between the Great East Japan Earthquake and The Great Hanshin Earthquake, I discuss the validity of fieldwork, which is the traditional method of research in anthropology, and explore the...
In this paper I discuss anthropological approaches to natural disaster. Based on a review of the literature and my experience after the Great East Japan Earthquake, hereafter referred to as 3.11, I argue that responding (in the emergency period), bridging (in the early rehabilitation period),...
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