Across the Boundaries of Belief: Contemporary Issues in the Anthropology of Religion

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Perhaps, as William James concluded about the divine, the only certain evidence of the reality that preoccupies ethnographers, of shared unconscious knowledge, is experiential. Faye Ginsburg (personal communication) put it this way: "Anthropologists approach self-alteration as a mode of knowing. Our epistemology requires that we alter ourselves in order to know." And Barbara Myerhoff, in her last film, In Her Own Time, said

This is what anthropologists are taught to do. You study what is happening to others by understanding what is going on in you, and you yourself become the data-gathering instrument. You come from a culture, and you step into a new culture, and how you respond to the new one tells you about them, and it tells you about the one you came from.


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