“Pity the poor anthropologist who expected his fieldwork to yield the usual interesting information on ritual symbolism. If he comes home without it, his monograph will lack its crowning chapter. Knowing this only too well while he is in the field, he works towards a nervous collapse or an angry showdown with his hosts, whom he suspects to be holding out on him.”
“...most tribal societies which believe in ancestral ghosts and magic spells regard them as part of their ordinary day to day existence. Philosophers would be taxed to identify the supernatural in other cultures which do not make our traditional set of distinctions enclosing the concept of the natural.”
@suivran She’s talking about very broad definitions of religion that extend to “dealings with the supernatural” - her objection (as I read her) being that you can’t really claim dealings with the supernatural as “religious” in a culture that doesn’t make a distinction between natural and supernatural in the first place.
@suivran Yeah, sorry - it’s not always easy to know how much context to include, and there’s a limit to how much text I can quote without hitting the tl;dr barrier.
A fire is burning in Bird Spirit Land.