Category Archives: Anthropology

international bridge

password is mars


check your head

At the center of Johannes Ranke’s universe are a pair of perfect, well-adorned Bavarian skulls. The illustration is from his 1890 study, Der Mensche, in which Ranke took took the measure of many peoples’ heads, concluding all to be inferior to the Deutsche kopf.

meanwhile in helmand province


u.s. afghan policy is losing its cowboys. gone the death-metal-blasting, sun-glasses-wearing, horizon-leveling fury. now, tea with clansmen, bivouacing among villagers, and fostering long-haul “trust;” the soldier as armed anthropologist? at the same time, guys in nevada are console game assassins, triggering airborne drones thousands of miles away, then driving home.

here’s the embed’s view (click on previous link!) and here’s what the war looks like from the sky:

say amen, somebody

today’s new york times reports on the growth of the prosperity gospel in the united states.

more info on prosperity theology here

phillip jenkins argues that pentecostalism is the fastest growing religion globally, and has migrated from europe and north america to the “global south” –particularly latin america and africa where it’s a powerful force. how will this impact the development of so many impoverished nations?

Love in 2-D


Nisan didn’t mean to fall in love with Nemutan. Their first encounter — at a comic-book convention that Nisan’s gaming friends dragged him to in Tokyo — was serendipitous. Nisan was wandering aimlessly around the crowded exhibition hall when he suddenly found himself staring into Nemutan’s bright blue eyes. In the beginning, they were just friends. Then, when Nisan got his driver’s license a few months later, he invited Nemutan for a ride around town in his beat-up Toyota. They went to a beach, not far from the home he shares with his parents in a suburb of Tokyo. It was the first of many road trips they would take together. As they got to know each other, they traveled hundreds of miles west — to Kyoto, Osaka and Nara, sleeping in his car or crashing on friends’ couches to save money. They took touristy pictures under cherry trees, frolicked like children on merry-go-rounds and slurped noodles on street corners. Now, after three years together, they are virtually inseparable. “I’ve experienced so many amazing things because of her,” Nisan told me, rubbing Nemutan’s leg warmly. “She has really changed my life.”

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