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Evil Spirits and Rocket Debris

In Search of Lost Souls in Siberia

Ludek Broz

256 pages, 20 ills., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-260-6 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (February 2024)

eISBN 978-1-80539-262-0 eBook

https://doi.org/10.3167/9781805392606


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“At the core of this text is the single best message that anthropology has always delivered: that there is much at stake in not just learning how to listen, but in how to hear what people are trying to tell us, and how to be fully open to new worlds.” • Bruce Grant, New York University

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The Altai Republic in southern Siberia is renowned for excavations of frozen mummies from high-altitude burial sites. Less well-known is the fact that it hosts fallout zones for the second stages of rockets launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome. Local inhabitants blame ‘evil spirits’ released by archaeological work and toxic fuel from rocket debris for their misfortunes. This book explores the divergent fates of such claims when confronted with state-fostered ‘rationalisms’ of science and governance.

Ludek Broz is Head of the Department of Ecological Anthropology at the Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences. He co-edited the volume Suicide and Agency: Anthropological Perspectives on Self-destruction, Personhood and Power (Routledge, 2016) with Daniel Muenster.

Subject: Anthropology (General)Anthropology of ReligionSociology
Area: Asia


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