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Title: Attuning to the webs of en: Ontography, japanese spirit worlds and the "tact" of Minakata Kumagusu
Authors: Jensen, Casper Bruun
Ishii, Miho  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Swift, Philip
Author's alias: 石井, 美保
Keywords: Japan
ontology
animism
spirit worlds
tact
Issue Date: 31-Oct-2016
Publisher: HAU, Journal of Ethnographic Theory
Journal title: HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Start page: 149
End page: 172
Abstract: An experiment in ethnographic theory, this article aims to finds new ways of getting Japanese spirit worlds into view. In the attempt to find ways of repopulating spirit worlds with more than beliefs, socioeconomic realities, and politics, the broader “ontographic” issue is how to facilitate engagement with spirits in a way that is not overdetermined by the assumption that such entities do not really exist. After examining how Japanese folklore studies and so-called “monsterology” framed their questions around concerns with beliefs, we explore the thought of the maverick scientist Minakata Kumagusu. In his work we find an original, proto-ontological perspective, centering on “tactful” encounters and modes of attunement unfolding in cosmic webs of en.
Rights: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons
© Casper Bruun Jensen, Miho Ishii, Philip Swift
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2433/227080
DOI(Published Version): 10.14318/hau6.2.012
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