Hi, and welcome back to this series devoted to anthropology! Today, I wanted to continue the chat we began last time, and talk a little bit more about humanity, and human species…Continue reading
Hi everyone, I am back with one new video (for a brand new series) dedicated to anthropology.
This is going to be a challenging experiment for me, because talking about anthropology means to analyze the origin of this discipline, its developments and how it interacts, today, with the rest of human sciences and politics.
However, I am thrilled to give it a try, and today I want to begin with a brief intro, a very first definition, a quick answer to the question “What is anthropology?”Continue reading
There is a particular care in Japan when dealing with one’s deceased relative. It’s a very intimate and delicate moment, and it requires a lot of attention and dedication, in order to peacefully lead the dead in the land of the other world.Continue reading
We are back to something very dear to my study, religions and shamanism in Japan. Shamanism in contemporary Japan is a topic of interesting researches expecially among anthropologists and sociologists, and it is now widely connected to the developments of the so-called New Religions Movements, and the figures of the kyōso 教祖, their female charismatic foundersContinue reading
Well, you might have noticed… I started posting videos on YouTube. At first, they were only landscape videos, but now I am getting serious! Sort of – I am trying to explore the potential of video (and YouTube in particular) to spread more info and curiosities about Japanese culture and travel tips!Continue reading
We said many times that itako are popular for the kuchiyose, the calling of the dead. However, the locals are still familiar with another – somewhat ancient – practice that itako still perform today: the Oshirasama-asobase. This is a very peculiar ritual in which the blind woman uses two wooden stick dressed and adorned with amazing fabrics, and that are supposed to represent a legendary girl Tamaya-goze, and her horse Sendankurige.
Little disclaimer: this is a very technical post… a lot of specific language and citations are employed, so I can understand you if you feel sceptic about it, but i must warn you, the legend is incredible and it’s worth the reading.Continue reading