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Happy Halloween from The Geek Anthropologist!

“Anthropology also requires a certain amount of existential and physical vulnerability from its practitioners throughout ethnographic research”. Oh so it’s not just me… Glad to know 😉

The Geek Anthropologist

I think it’s safe to say that anthropologists don’t scare easily. During fieldwork, anthropologists may be called upon to communicate with demons or spirits through a shaman or spiritual conduit; confront death and mourning rituals; interface with corpses or occult artifacts; or negotiate conditions of extreme poverty, violence or illness. Anthropology also requires a certain amount of existential and physical vulnerability from its practitioners throughout ethnographic research; anthropologists may be called upon to enter dangerous, uncomfortable, eerie and perhaps frightening scenarios for the sake of their fieldwork. Many anthropologists, questing after research in the subaltern, dispossessed or invisible aspects of societies or cultures, regularly deal in patterns of fright and death, spooks and the supernatural, and the impact of demons—whether spiritual or institution—on the daily lives of people in their ethnographic communities.

From Ossian Brown's collection of vintage Halloween pictures Haunted Air. Source: http://www.ln-cc.com/content/ebiz/latenightcatcafe/page/ossian-brown-interview/ha_12.jpg From Ossian Brown’s collection of vintage Halloween pictures Haunted Air. Source: http://www.ln-cc.com/content/ebiz/latenightcatcafe/page/ossian-brown-interview/ha_12.jpg

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